Heavy Equipment Mechanic

OFO No: 653307

Other names for Heavy Equipment Mechanic:

  • Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic

What is an Heavy Equipment Mechanic?

Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic can also be known as a heavy Equipment Mechanic.

Earthmoving Equipment Mechanics maintain and repair all aspect of earthmoving machines from the hydraulic systems and power shift transmissions to electronic and electrical systems.

What does an Heavy Equipment Mechanic do?

  • checks and services equipment regularly
  • detects possible faults and flaws
  • repairs, adjusts and maintains equipment
  • replacesand fits new sections or new parts
  • designs specific parts where necessary and has them made
  • travels from one site to another – usually in remote areas
  • works with specialised equipment: micro-meters, tachometers and engine dynamometers

Are you …?

  • a person who enjoys working outdoors?
  • a person who doesn’t mind getting dirty?
  • mechanical?
  • good with your hands?
  • analytical and practical?
  • responsible?
  • able to work alone?
  • physically fit and strong?
  • innovative?

How do I become a Heavy Equipment Mechanic?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Repair and Maintenance (Earthmoving Equipment) – NQF Level 2, 3 or 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Repair and Maintenance (Earthmoving Equipment) – NQF Level 2, 3 or 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Sugar Industry Technical Maintenance NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechatronics Level 2and 3
  • Learnership – Mechatronics (Hydraulics / Pneumatics / Automation) NQF Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

Here is a private school:


Offers Diesel Mechanic/E.M.E.M. (Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic) Course.

We advise visiting their website to find out more information


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Automotive Mechanic … or … Pipe Fitter

Is becoming an Heavy Equipment Mechanic the right career choice for me?