Automotive and Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Automotive and Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Automotive and heavy equipment mechanics maintain and repair vehicles such as jeeps, cars, trucks, tanks, and other combat vehicles. They also repair bulldozers, power shovels, and other construction equipment

Job Details:

What They Do:

Automotive and heavy equipment mechanics in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Troubleshoot problems in vehicle engines, electrical systems, steering, brakes, and suspensions
  • Tune and repair engines
  • Replace or repair damaged body parts, hydraulic arms or shovels, and grader blades
  • Establish and follow schedules for maintaining vehicles

Training Provided:

Job training consists of 8 to 29 weeks of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Engine repair and tune-up
  • Troubleshooting mechanical and electrical problems
  • Repairing and replacing body panels, fenders, and radiators

Work Environment:

Automotive and heavy equipment mechanics usually work inside large repair garages. They work outdoors when making emergency repairs in the field.


The services have about 45,000 automotive and heavy equipment mechanics. Each year, they need new mechanics due to changes in personnel and the demands of the field. After job training, mechanics begin repairing equipment under the direction of a supervisor. In time, they have the opportunity to supervise other workers and possibly manage repair shops, motor pools, or maintenance units.