Heavy equipment mechanics are in charge of maintaining company-related machinery. They are responsible for providing upkeep to that machinery to ensure that needed equipment functions properly; this includes preventive care and maintenance. Heavy equipment mechanics perform regular inspections to ensure machines comply with local, state, and federal regulations. They must possess advanced mechanical skills to troubleshoot and fix industrial equipment using heavy tools, as well as receive regular training to meet performance standards. They install equipment parts and recycle as required, and they often work on replacing outdated machinery.
These mechanics typically work in a production plant environment and follow strict safety guidelines to prevent work-related injuries. In addition, this position requires them to lift at least 40 pounds on a regular basis. Some of their main tools include a chainsaw, hammer, sets of screwdrivers, and pliers.
Heavy equipment mechanics work in a team with other mechanics as needed to facilitate and reach company objectives.
A high school diploma or technical degree is generally needed for this position. A valid license to operate industrial equipment is required for this job. Previous mechanic experience is helpful. They must establish excellent working relationships with colleagues and they possess outstanding communication skills.
Heavy Equipment 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.