Diesel Service Mechanics, Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians Career Video

Diesel Service Mechanics, Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians Career Video


Keeping the country’s transportation
and heavy equipment in motion
takes a lot of horsepower…
and a crew of highly-skilled technicians
and mechanics.
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment
service technicians,
inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles
and machinery used in construction,
farming, railways, and road transportation.
Diesel service technicians and mechanics
service buses and trucks,
or repair any type of diesel engine.
Many work for trucking companies,
wholesale trade firms,
and government agencies.
Farm equipment mechanics
and service technicians
repair farm equipment
as well as smaller lawn and garden tractors.
Most work for dealer repair shops,
with seasonal variation in job duties.
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics
maintain construction
and surface mining equipment,
such as bulldozers, cranes, graders,
and excavators.
Most work for government,
equipment rental shops,
and large construction and mining companies.
Rail car repairers keep railroad locomotives,
subway cars, and other rolling stock
in good repair.
They usually work for railroad,
public and private transit companies,
and for manufacturers.
These technicians often
lift heavy parts and tools,
handle greasy and dirty equipment,
and work in awkward positions.
While many work indoors in repair shops,
some specialize in field service
and travel to worksites
that may be outdoors,
in all types of weather.
Service technicians generally work full time,
sometimes including evenings or weekends.
Overtime is common.
Most service technicians
have a high school education.
Formal training and certificates
are increasingly preferred by employers.
Certificates usually take 1 to 2 years to earn.
Once hired, trainees usually reach
full qualification after 3 to 4 years.


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