A heavy equipment technician is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of heavy vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Job responsibilities of a heavy equipment technician include inspection of heavy vehicles, machinery, and equipment in order to diagnose problems, regular maintenance of equipment, repairing any malfunctions that the equipment may have, testing the repaired equipment and ensuring that performance is back to normal, and adjusting equipment to the client's preferred settings.
A bachelor's degree in auto mechanics or a related field is required to be a heavy equipment technician. Helpful job skills include physical fitness, mechanical and technical knowledge, good problem-solving skills, attention to detail, good critical thinking skills, ability to work in a team or independently, and ability to learn on the job. The future job market outlook for a heavy equipment technician is fair.