WHAT YOU DO
The next time you pass by a construction site, take a look at all of the heavy-duty equipment it takes to get the job done. A backhoe digs the basement, while a bulldozer keeps the path clear for the forklift that’s bringing in materials—and that’s just the beginning.
Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians repair and maintain heavy-duty equipment used in all sorts of industries, including transportation, forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining and construction—things like graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts and anything else that moves on wheels or tracks. As a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, you are equally at home working with delicate electronic controls and handling heavy parts and high-pressure hydraulics. You’re not afraid to get your hands dirty or squeeze into a tight space—whatever it takes to get the equipment up and running.
WHAT YOU LEARN
- How to adjust equipment and attach components
- How to test and inspect heavy equipment for faults and malfunctions
- How to repair and replace defective parts, components and systems
- How to clean, lubricate and maintain heavy equipment and attachments
WHO YOU WORK FOR
As a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, you can work for railway transport companies, urban transit systems, and any company that owns, operates, maintains, sells or rents heavy equipment.
Types of Workplaces
- Forestry Operations
- Mining Operations
- Landscaping / Clearing operations
- Bus or Trucking Companies
WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH
When a bulldozer breaks down, you can’t call any old mechanic—you call a heavy duty equipment technician. When forestry, mining or landscaping operations grind to a halt you will get the call. You will be paired with an experienced technician who will show you will learn how to identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems.Find an Employer Sponsor