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Heavy Equipment Maintenance

20 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#310 in Popularity
$54,000 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Heavy Equipment Maintenance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many heavy/industrial equipment maintenance graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 4,087
Undergraduate Certificate 2,843
Associate’s Degree 1,788
Bachelor’s Degree 20

What Heavy Equipment Maintenance Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to equipment maintenance and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Equipment Maintenance Majors

Equipment Maintenance majors often go into careers in which the following 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.
  • 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.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Equipment Maintenance Majors

A major in equipment maintenance prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • 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 Equipment Maintenance Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Heavy Equipment Maintenance Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with equipment maintenance:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Elevator Installers and Repairers 12.2% $79,780
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 6.7% $52,340
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 5.6% $47,060
Millwrights 9.9% $55,060
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 8.2% $51,920
Rail Car Repairers 4.9% $56,220
Wind Turbine Service Technicians 94.8% $54,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Heavy Equipment Maintenance?

20 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
5% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 20 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in heavy/industrial equipment maintenance in 2018, making it rank #310 in popularity.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Equipment Maintenance Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 19
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Heavy Equipment Maintenance Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of heavy/industrial equipment maintenance students with a bachelor’s degree is $58,300 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $58,300 (25th percentile) and $58,300 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to equipment maintenance.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $52,510 to $56,250 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to equipment maintenance. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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 degrees associated with equipment maintenance may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to equipment maintenance have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 41.5%
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) 37.2%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.9%
Master’s Degree 0.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%

Online Heavy Equipment Maintenance Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 344 schools offered some type of heavy/industrial equipment maintenance program. 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) 201 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 231 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 62 0
Associate’s Degree 183 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 201 2
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 equipment maintenance grad is $54,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 35% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $282,000 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 68,068
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,789
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,699
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,825
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 981
Mechanics & Repairers 262

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