Heavy duty mechanics work with a variety of heavy duty equipment, such as mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and/or pneumatic equipment. They maintain these machines, troubleshoot equipment should something go wrong, and may order supplies and parts. They may also manage inventory and make notes into an inventory system as required by their employers. Heavy duty mechanics must be able to disassemble, clean, and then reassemble a motor. Additionally, they must be cost efficient by analyzing parts and determining whether to order new parts or repair the existing pieces. In all tasks, heavy duty mechanics must be neat, organized, and meticulous in cleaning parts and work stations. Often, heavy duty mechanics work outside with heavy equipment and slippery oils. As such, it's essential they follow organizational safety regulations and HAZMAT procedures as needed.
Communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills are essential for heavy duty mechanics, as they may work directly with customers. These mechanics are also likely to work on a team of fellow coworkers, as well as communicate regularly with a supervisor. Computers are typically used for database management, Internet use, and inventory tracking. Laptops are often used for their mobility and adaptability. Heavy duty mechanics must be proficient with a computer and able to use their organization's databases and inventory system.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position. Employers also frequently require on-the-job training or other experience. Heavy duty mechanics' hours depend on their employer and its hours of operation.
Heavy Duty 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.