Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in transportation, construction, forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining and similar activities. This includes graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts and wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types.
These workers are employed by companies that own and operate heavy equipment, and by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments, railway transport companies and urban transit systems.
Heavy-duty mechanics must be comfortable working with delicate electronics as well as heavy, cumbersome mechanical linkages (i.e. bulldozer tracks), since heavy equipment also involves the use of micro-processor controls and high pressure hydraulics. Troubleshooting, mechanical ability, problem-solving and attention to detail are necessary skills for these workers.