Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

Heavy duty equipment technicians inspect, diagnose, troubleshoot, repair and verify the repair of heavy duty equipment such as front-end loaders, dozers, dump trucks and compactors. During repairs, they will work on multiple systems such as electrical, hydraulics and diesel and use a range of tools. After repairs, heavy duty equipment technicians will test the performance of the repaired equipment and complete service reports.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Perform maintenance and repair on large mobile and stationary equipment
  • Consult equipment operating manuals, blueprints and drawings
  • Work on multiple equipment systems such as engines, fuel, electrical, hydrostatic and transmission
  • Inspect functional parts of mechanical equipment and heavy machinery
  • Test equipment that has been repaired for proper performance
  • Bolt, clip, screw or otherwise fasten parts together using common hand tools
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other maintenance work
  • Diagnose and repair electrical systems and circuitry (a circuit or system of circuits performing a particular function in an electronic device) in accordance with acceptable industry standards
  • Estimate time and material costs on vehicle repairs and requisition new parts
  • Perform service calls for emergency breakdowns
  • Operate and maintain tools, equipment and work areas in accordance with company policy
  • Go on-site and perform predelivery inspections of equipment
  • Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts
  • Perform occasional cutting and welding tasks utilizing both gas and electric welding equipment
  • Complete reports and technical documents including service reports
  • Maintain a clean, safe work area in compliance with health and safety standards

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially agricultural mechanics
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • English

Education/Training Required:

Heavy duty equipment technicians require a high school diploma, though many attend vocational schools and community colleges for programs such as diesel technology and heavy equipment mechanics. Some countries, such as Canada, require apprenticeships.

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