Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Repair and maintain big tools like backhoes, fire trucks, and cranes.
Did you like Legos, erector sets, and playing in the sandbox when you were a kid? And have you always dreamed of driving the real stuff as an adult? If so, a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator might be right up your alley.
Things need to be built, and they need people who can operate heavy machinery to build them. As a Heavy Equipment Operator, you specialize in handling some of the biggest and most powerful machines humans have ever built: bulldozers, earth movers, pile drivers, and cranes (just to name a few).
When you arrive at a job site, it’s a blank canvas. But instead of using paints and pastels, you use steel and diesel to remake the site according to the job. Every task you undertake requires a mix of hand-eye coordination, driving skills, and mechanical knowledge.
Some days, you’ll be digging a hole. Other days, you’ll be filling it in or laying a foundation. With heavy equipment, the whole world is your sandbox. And the team is counting on you to do your part safely and efficiently.
Heavy Equipment Operators work in a variety of settings, but almost always have regular daily or weekly schedules. Specialty construction, however, like installing the pile drivers for an offshore oil rig, could involve being out in the field for many days or weeks. Either way, when you operate heavy machines, you’re almost always out in the weather. Rain, shine, or anything in between, it’s up to you to get things done.