Nature of the Job:
Heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain heavy machineries used in construction project and other similar activities. They are highly trained to work safely and assure that they can protect themselves from injury.
The work as a heavy equipment mechanics depends of the specialization in the type of machinery. Below are some task assigned to heavy equipment mechanics:
- Repair and maintenance of the heavy machineries such as bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction equipment using hand and power tools.
- Diagnose and troubleshoot malfunctions in every equipments using computerize and other testing paraphernalia.
- Test repaired equipments to ensure proper performance when used.
- Perform proper maintenance of the equipments; clean and lubricate
- Train new workers in performing equipment inspection, repair and preventive maintenance.
- Inventory and order fuels and other supplies.
- Perform other related jobs
Education and Training Requirements:
- High school diploma
- With at least 2 years of experience
- Experience and knowledge in
Skills and Competency Requirements:
- Knowledge in safety usage of hand and power operated tools in repairing and maintaining motor vehicles and engines.
- Knowledge with the use of testing and tuning equipments.
- Can follow and explain instructions to other workers clearly.
- Knows how to assemble body, frame, engines, and major driveline of the equipments.
- Can analyze mechanical, electrical and hydraulic malfunctions.
- Ability to train lower-level workers in mechanical repair techniques.
- Knowledge in using fleet maintenance management software to enter repair information.
- Knows which work needs priority and then assign it to other workers.
- Can work individually or as part of the team.
Heavy equipment mechanic works indoors or outdoors, usually on construction or industrial sites. There are also times that you need to work even inclement weather and are exposed in hazardous work environment.
You would also work with other construction professionals.
Heavy equipment mechanic usually works overtime during peak seasons. They do not have a standard work week.
Considerable experience and additional training as heavy equipment mechanic can move to senior post like supervisor or service manager.