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Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Program

Job Outlook

Significant Points

  • Opportunities should be good for persons with formal postsecondary training in diesel or heavy equipment mechanics, especially if they also have training in basic electronics and hydraulics.
  • This occupation offers relatively high wages and the challenge of skilled repair work.
  • Skill in using computerized diagnostic equipment is important in this occupation.

Earnings

Median hourly earnings of mobile heavy equipment mechanics were $18.34 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.96 and $21.75. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.11, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $26.27. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of mobile heavy equipment mechanics in May 2004 were as follows:

Federal government $20.41
Local government 19.22
Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers 18.49
Other specialty trade contractors 17.81
Highway, street, and bridge construction 17.79

Median hourly earnings of farm equipment mechanics were $13.40 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.77 and $16.34. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.08, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $19.40. In May 2004, median hourly earnings were $13.66 in machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers, the industry employing the largest number of farm equipment mechanics.

Median hourly earnings of railcar repairers were $19.48 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $16.12 and $21.76. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.07, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $25.52. In May 2004, median hourly earnings were $20.38 in rail transportation, the industry employing the largest number of railcar repairers.

Many heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics are members of unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Suggested citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos197.htm.


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