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Heavy Equipment Mechanics

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Work Environment

Heavy equipment mechanics usually work inside large repair garages. They work outdoors when making emergency repairs in the field.

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Heavy equipment mechanics specialize in the maintenance and repair of heavy equipment, such as tanks and other combat vehicles. They maintain and repair construction equipment including that used for earthmoving, grading and compaction, lifting and loading, quarrying and rock crushing, asphalt/concrete mixing and surfacing, and water pumping, as well as special purpose equipment, including power generation equipment and air conditioning/refrigeration systems. They also supervise and perform diagnostic troubleshooting to determine maintenance repair criteria.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for heavy equipment mechanics consists of classroom and hands-on training.

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in automotive engines and how they work
  • Interest in troubleshooting and repairing mechanical problems
  • Preference for physical work

Related Civilian Careers

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment