Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy physical tasks and working with your hands? Enjoy fixing things? Have an interest in pursuing a job in construction? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Consult equipment operating manuals, blueprints and drawings  
  • Perform scheduled maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating parts, diagnosing and identifying malfunctions  
  • Use computerized tools and equipment 
  • Inspect, repair and replace defective or worn parts, such as bearings, pistons and gears, and overhaul 
  • Test major components, such as engines, hydraulic systems and electrical systems 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic graduates go to work for construction companies. Equipment mechanics spend most of the day fixing large machines, which means you can expect to do some heavy lifting on the job. 

The credentials you will earn ...

Students who complete an Automotive and Machine Repair training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from such organizations as: 

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

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.