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Forklift Technician Jobs: Road Vs. Shop Tech

Forklift Technician Jobs: Road Vs. Shop Tech
Looking for a new career? Whether you have experience as an auto mechanic, or are a mechanically-inclined person who likes helping people, a forklift technician job may be a great option for you.

Skilled mechanics are in demand, and a forklift technician’s salary is, on average, better than an auto mechanic’s . Many forklift technicians start as shop techs, and as they gain experience, become mobile field technicians.

Forklift Shop Technician Vs. Field Technician

Forklift Shop Technician
When you work as a shop tech, you’ll work regular business hours at the same location every day, and have weekends off. You can keep your tools organized exactly as you like them, and have the opportunity to  work on large projects such as engine rebuilds. Other technicians are always available if you need help, and there’s a lot of camaraderie among co-workers.

Forklift Field Mechanic aka Road Tech
Field technicians travel to different locations every day. To some extent, field techs get to be their own boss. You manage your own time and don’t have anyone standing over your shoulder. Field mechanics work independently and get to be the hero by diagnosing and fixing customers’ problems.

Forklift Technician Jobs: Road Vs. Shop Tech

Forklift Mechanic Training

For a forklift tech, every day is different. Both field and shop techs must learn how to properly diagnose, troubleshoot and repair a variety of issues on electric and internal combustion (diesel, LP and gas) forklifts. Techs must also learn how to perform regular maintenance such as changing oil and rewiring electrical.

Toyota forklift technicians receive extensive training and support from Toyota and Total Industries. They become specialists in diagnosing and repairing Toyota forklifts and receive ongoing training after being certified.

Total Industries is a family-owned company with locations in the East Bay, Fresno, Salinas and Sacramento. We offer some of the best benefits in the industry, and it’s a great place to work. View current job openings for forklift technicians.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about becoming a forklift technician. Contact us online, or by phone.

East Bay – Livermore (510) 675-0500
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091

Further Reading:
How to Become a Forklift Technician 
When You Call for Forklift Repair, We Send the Best 
Employee Spotlight: Meet some of our Forklift Field Technicians