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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

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 all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.


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


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


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

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Critical thinking