Load-Test Mechanic

Set up and operate equipment to load-test material handling apparatus.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Load-Test Mechanics do?

Sets up and operates equipment to load-test tooling and material handling apparatus, such as jigs, fixtures, cables, metal and fabric slings, chains, binders, and tie rods: Reads specifications to determine load-test procedures. Positions and secures tooling or apparatus to be tested in holding devices, manually or using crane or forklift. Attaches load-test equipment to test specimen, according to specifications. Adjusts test equipment controls to apply specified weight or pressure to test specimen to determine holding or handling capacity or to determine maximum load at which item fatigues or breaks. Examines tooling and handling apparatus for structural failure or misuse. Records test information. Attaches inspection tags to tooling or apparatus.


Should I be a Load-Test Mechanic?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Checkout Mechanic, Hydraulic and Rigging, Mechanic, Trouble-Shooting, Proof-Load Mechanic, Systems Checkout Mechanic

    How to become a Load-Test Mechanic

    Most Load-Test Mechanics have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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