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Heavy Vehicle Maintenance

Repairing and maintain large stationary and mobile machines and industrial equipment in environments that include transportation, mining, agriculture, and forestry.

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Why is this skill important?

The heavy vehicle maintenance technician maintains and repairs large and heavy equipment. This equipment can be stationary (for example: diesel electric standby generators) or mobile (for example: road building equipment, and mining and forestry machines). 

The technician diagnoses and corrects the vast variety of faults that can occur in any of the components or systems of heavy equipment. This demands knowledge of engines, hydraulics, electronics, braking systems, and much more. Also, it is vital to measure precisely using specific tools and to interpret technical manuals, write service reports, and ensure that work meets specifications. 

The technician must adapt to the diversity of heavy equipment, rapid changes in technology, and the need for quick intervention. Technicians must be able to work at varied hours and locations, because equipment can require quick intervention, often at the worksite or the customer’s shop.

The trade of heavy vehicle maintenance technician is very rewarding for those with mechanical aptitude who enjoy problem-solving and achieving expertise with precision work.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Using tools
  • Things that move
  • Working as a team

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • The Heavy Vehicle Maintenance technician maintains and repairs large machines and industrial equipment.

  • Competitors will use specific tools to diagnose, function, make adjustments, repair or replace defective components or systems.

  • Being able to test repairs for proper performance is important in this Skill.

  • Judges award marks to those whose work meets manufacturer's’ specifications.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 748 Adrian Krähenbühl Switzerland
Silver 726 Nikolai Larionov Russia
Bronze 723 Søren Lykke Døssing Denmark
Medallion for Excellence 713 Guillaume LEROUX France
Medallion for Excellence 711 Louise Azzopardi Australia
Medallion for Excellence 710 Tanner Tendler Canada
Medallion for Excellence 702 Daniel Chirita Austria
Medallion for Excellence 702 João da Silva Brazil
698 Jie Wu China
684 Janis Ozols Latvia
682 Andreas Enzensberger Germany
674 Erik Støkken Aker Norway
660 Gary Horgan Ireland
619 Vitaliy Kucherenko Kazakhstan
604 Tumbama Kyailusa Zambia

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.