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HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MECHANIC

AUTOMOTIVE AND MACHINE REPAIR

Work with vehicles and machines used in farming, construction and railway transport; inspect, repair and maintain them to make sure they continue to run safely at optimum efficiency. *Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic is a Pre-Apprenticeship program, which offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships.  

Career Details

Skills

Students in Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Understanding and using measuring tools and equipment
  • Repairing and replacing damaged or worn parts in construction equipment, such as forklifts
  • Dismantling and reassembling parts of heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools
  • Understanding fuel, exhaust, cooling, electrical, and air intake systems
  • Operating and inspecting machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects
  • Welding, cutting, brazing, and soldering
  • Practicing safety on the job

Career Options

Most Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic graduates go to work for a construction company. Equipment mechanics spend most of the day fixing large machines, which means you can expect to do some heavy lifting on the job. Most heavy construction equipment mechanics work full time, but some may be hired on a contract basis.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Automotive and Machine Repair training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as

  • the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

Credentials such as these prepare students for work in original equipment manufacturing (OEM) dealerships and aftermarket automotive machine shops.

Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic Numbers to Know

$40K

National average earning potential for this career

18+

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Physical endurance
Steady hands and fingers
Attention to detail
Dependability
Integrity
Organizational skills
Physical strength
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Independence
Integrity
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Initiative
Integrity
Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Critical thinking
Integrity