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Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic



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.

Career Details


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

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.


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.


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.


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

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Critical thinking
  • Integrity

Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic Numbers to Know


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