Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Salary/Compensation

The monthly basic salary of a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in the Philippines may range from P12,000 to P20,000 depending on the industry he is employed in. Overseas, the average annual salary of heavy equipment mechanic is around $38,000 - $40,000.

Basic Educational Requirement

A high school diploma and completion of a formal training in a heavy equipment mechanic training program is a pre-requisite to qualify for the job. This is to be supplemented with on-the-job training for certain periods of time.

Cost of Education/Training *

The training cost for heavy equipment mechanics in public institutions approximately ranges from P7,000 - P10,000 and training duration is about 3 months.

Employment Opportunities

Employment of Heavy Equipment Mechanics is expected to grow to support the needs of industries such as in construction; mining; transport; and services that deal with equipment dealership, rental and leasing. Technology would also result in more complicated equipment requiring the services of specially-trained technicians to provide periodic repair and maintenance of equipment. 
Heavy Equipment Mechanics may be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying; Manufacturing; Construction; Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods; and Transport, Storage and Communication.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Highly experienced heavy equipment mechanics and those with leadership ability may become shop supervisors or service managers. Others may become entrepreneurs and open their own repair shops where they can work independently and earn higher incomes.

Nature of Work

A Heavy Equipment Mechanic performs skilled tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of heavy trucks, earth moving and related construction equipment including road graders, tractors, garbage trucks, dump trucks, and bulldozers.

Tasks

  • Diagnoses, services and repairs various systems that are found on pieces of heavy equipment such as mechanical and electronic controls, air brake systems, transmissions, high voltage generators, and pneumatic systems;
  • Troubleshoots and repairs malfunctions in the equipment;
  • Fabricates, modifies and installs special equipment or replacement parts;
  • Performs routine maintenance checks and adjustments on fluid levels, hoses, belts, brakes, tires and clutches;
  • Changes filters and oil, and lubricate vehicles and motor driven equipment;
  • Diagnoses problems, disassembles units, repairs or replaces parts, and reassembles units;
  • Overhauls engines, replaces engines, and rebuilds components;
  • Tunes gas and diesel engines; services valves; fuels filters and turbo chargers; and pressure checks fuel filters; and
  • Prepares work orders and cost material estimates.

Skills and Competencies

  • Mechanical aptitude;
  • Knowledgeable about the fundamentals of diesel engines, transmission, electrical systems, computers, and hydraulics;
  • Care and use of hand and power tools employed in all phases of heavy equipment mechanical maintenance and repair work;
  • Ability to make skillful, controlled manipulations of small objects to repair equipments; and
  • Ability to read, understand, and carry out oral and written instructions.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Flexible and have the capacity to learn new skills quickly; and
  • Physically fit (i.e. can move heavy objects; bend or stoop repeatedly over time; lift arms above shoulder level).

* Based on 2011 rates.