H120:Construction Mechanic

Construction Mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction and automotive equipment including, buses, dump trucks, bulldozers, rollers, cranes, backhoes, pile drivers, and tactical vehicles. CMs also prepare detailed maintenance records and cost control data and acquire parts.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

The duties performed by CMs include diagnosing and troubleshooting equipment failures and repairing and maintaining diesel and gasoline engines. They adjust and repair ignition, fuel, electrical, hydraulic and steering systems, as well as, maintain and repair chassis, frames and bodies. CMs work with hoisting and jacking equipment, power tools, measuring instruments, gauges and meters, and lubricating equipment. They maintain and repair tires, batteries, brake systems, and valves. Perform shop management functions such as maintenance scheduling and spare parts inventory control. They make estimates of material, labor, and equipment requirements.

Military Duties Translated:

Diagnose mechanical defects in pickup trucks, automobiles, dump trucks, tractors, motor graders, cranes, mowers, street sweepers, fork lifts, rollers, compactors, bulldozers, backhoes, loaders, scrapers, excavators and other diesel and gas-powered construction equipment; determine extent of needed repair; inspect used parts to determine the cause of mechanical failure and evaluate whether parts are still usable or need to be replaced; overhaul, repair and adjust engines, standard and automatic transmissions, air and hydraulic brake systems, clutches, differentials, axles and suspension, ignition and electrical systems, computerized and electronic ignition systems, steering and control systems and generators; perform instrumentation repair; repair and replace tracks on bulldozers; grind, seat and adjust valves; rebuild hydraulic pumps; repair electronically controlled devices on power shovels and other heavy equipment; adjust and repair grader blades and loader bucket assemblies; perform welding; use a wide variety of test equipment and shop tools; overhaul exhaust systems; make emergency repairs in the field; perform routine maintenance and servicing of equipment and trucks; change and repair tires; and, provide vacation and other temporary relief for other classifications, as required.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Heavy Equipment Mechanic