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If you are mechanically inclined or like to build things, a career in Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance could be for you. Some roles overlap with other Career Ladders, including Aerospace, Transportation, and Defense, allowing you to change careers based on experience. High-paying positions, such as Welding, do not require extensive education. With experience, apprenticeship, and instruction, there is the opportunity to advance. Whether you have experience, or you are just starting, this could be the path for you.

Entry Level

High School Diploma and On-the-Job Training

Mid Career

Apprenticeship/5+ Years of Training


Bachelor’s +

The lines within this career ladder provide potential pathways that workers can follow within this industry ecosystem. The colors are simply to differentiate one pathway option from the other.
Transferrable Occupation
An affiliated occupation
not within the 100 Critical Occupation List
An Occupation within the 100 Critical Occupation List

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