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Employment: Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics




Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics held about 176,000 jobs in 2002. Approximately 126,000 were mobile heavy equipment mechanics, 35,000 were farm equipment mechanics, and 15,000 were railcar repairers. About a third were employed by machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers. More than 12 percent were employed by Federal, State, and local governments, and another 12 percent worked in construction, primarily for specialty trade contractors and highway, street, and bridge construction companies. Other service technicians worked in agriculture; mining; rail transportation and support activities; and commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental, leasing, and repair. A small number repaired equipment for machinery and railroad rolling stock manufacturers or lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores. Less than 5 percent of service technicians were self-employed.

Nearly every section of the country employs heavy and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, although most work in towns and cities where equipment dealers, equipment rental and leasing companies, and construction companies have repair facilities.