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284 Associates's Degrees Annually
23 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#93 in Popularity (Associate's)
$53,370 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Heavy Equipment Maintenance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 445
Basic Certificate 289
Associate Degree 244
Bachelor’s Degree 12

What Heavy Equipment Maintenance Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

When studying heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Abilities for Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician student include the following:

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  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

What Can You Do With a Heavy Equipment Maintenance Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 8.2% $51,920
Rail Car Repairers 4.9% $56,220

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Heavy Equipment Maintenance?

244 Associate's Degrees Annually
2% Percent Women
12% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 98% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 18
White 213
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

How Much Do Heavy Equipment Maintenance Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $53,370 to $56,020 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 38.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 49.1%
Some College Courses 5.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.0%

Online Heavy Equipment Maintenance Programs

In 2019-2020, 56 schools offered a heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 20 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 25 0
Associate’s Degree 27 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Heavy Equipment Maintenance Worth It?

The median salary for a heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician grad is $53,370 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 34% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $269,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to heavy equipment maintenance technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology 7,831
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other 51

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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