Construction equipment mechanics generally work for construction companies and companies which make, lease, rent, or repair construction equipment. They are responsible for the maintenance and repair of mechanical, hydraulic, diesel, and electrical equipment, as well as service documentation; some may also train new or junior technicians.
These mechanics may be required to travel to various sites to repair equipment, or receive training to use equipment that their employer may acquire. Many employers require that candidates have at least a few years of experience in repairing and maintaining construction equipment, though some employers may train ideal candidates.
Construction equipment mechanics must have strong mechanical knowledge of a range of construction equipment, as well as schematics and diagrams. They must have their own tools and be able to work well in a team environment, so interpersonal and communication skills are highly beneficial. Many employers require at least a high school diploma or GED for this position, and these mechanics must also be healthy and physically strong, as the job is quite labor-intensive. They must be reliable, and some employers require that candidates can move and lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Some construction equipment mechanics may have to work directly with customers, so excellent customer service skills are beneficial, as they must be friendly and good listeners. They may have to attend various workshops related to their work, as well.
Construction Equipment Mechanic Tasks
Maintain and repair heavy equipment, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical machinery and systems.
Maintain shop supplies, shop and tools.
Read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints and schematics.