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Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians

Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians
Quick Facts : Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$42,630
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012179,200
Job Outlook16% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change28,200


Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries. They repair and maintain engines, hydraulic systems, transmissions, and electrical systems of agricultural, industrial, construction, and rail equipment. They ensure the performance and safety of fuel lines, brakes, transmissions, and other systems.

What Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians Do

  • Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and drawings
  • Perform scheduled maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating parts
  • Diagnose and identify malfunctions, using computerized tools and equipment
  • Disassemble and reassemble heavy equipment and components
  • Travel to worksites to repair large equipment, such as cranes

Work Environment

Service technicians usually work indoors in noisy repair shops. They often lift heavy parts and tools, handle greasy and dirty equipment, and stand or lie in uncomfortable positions. Most service technicians work full time, and many work evenings and weekends.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, as the stock of heavy vehicles and mobile equipment continues to increase, more service technicians will be needed to maintain them.
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Pay

The average salary of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians was $42,630 in May 2010.
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Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians

42630

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians

15.7366

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians

Postsecondary programs and degrees in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics provide the most comprehensive training for new service technicians. These programs cover the basics of diagnostic techniques, electronics, and other related subjects.
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