Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

In 2021, the average annual wage in Alabama was $53,130 with most people making between $37,090 and $75,500.
Wages by Industry
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $45,800.00
  • Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing $46,110.00
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors $45,180.00
  • Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance $43,050.00
  • Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $46,180.00
  • Utility System Construction $45,410.00
Education Required
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Common Majors
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
About the job

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

What you'll do
    • Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices.
    • Adjust, maintain, and repair or replace subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks, and cranes.
    • Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.
    • Clean parts by spraying them with grease solvent or immersing them in tanks of solvent.
    • Direct workers who are assembling or disassembling equipment or cleaning parts.
    • Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.
    • Repair, rewire, and troubleshoot electrical systems.
    • Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs.
    • Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records.
    • Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools.
Things you need to know
    • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
    • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
    • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
    • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
    • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Abilities you'll need to have
    • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
    • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
    • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
    • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
    • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
    • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.