Forklift mechanics generally work with either diesel- or propane-powered forklifts and perform routine maintenance and repairs on forklifts and their engines. These mechanics must be able to utilize diagnostic tools in order to identify underlying problems, and knowledge of the many parts of a forklift is essential to perform the work safely; this includes their electrical systems, brakes, hydraulics, cooling systems, and engines.
Forklift mechanics must be able to use jacks, usually of the hydraulic nature, to lift heavy forklifts from the ground to get closer looks for inspection. Travel may be a regular part of the job, as these mechanics generally drive to the location in need of service. Work may occasionally take place outside, even in inclement weather, and close attention to detail is also important in this position to avoid accidents of any kind.
It is common for forklift mechanics to have an associate’s degree as well as certification. Some facilities require certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which expands employment opportunities for these mechanics. Some may also be required to have two or more years of prior experience in the field.
Forklift Mechanic Tasks
Read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints and schematics.
Maintain shop supplies, shop and tools.
Maintain and repair heavy equipment, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical machinery and systems.