Carter Machinery


Carter Machinery
Category Equipment Technician Type Full-time
Location Salem, Virginia View Website View website
Pay Rate based on qualifications
Category Equipment Technician
Type Full-time
Location Salem, Virginia
View Website View website


Carter Machinery Company, the authorized Caterpillar dealer for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C., is hiring Apprentice Technicians for our Heavy Equipment, Rental, and Power Systems operations in our Salem, Virginia reconditioning center.  We service the full Caterpillar product line, including earthmoving equipment, mining, forestry, generators, engines and more.  For individuals with a strong mechanical aptitude who are graduating high school, veterans exiting the military, or technicians wanting to change from other mechanical fields (i.e., automotive, HVAC, etc.) you may be a great candidate for our in-house fully accredited 15-month Apprenticeship Program. Completion of a mechanical VoTech program or mechanical experience preferred (i.e. automotive, electrical, HVAC, etc.)

This program will provide the training needed to pave the way to a heavy equipment technician career path with a great company.  The program will train and develop you to troubleshoot and diagnose diesel equipment problems, perform repairs, recondition and service heavy equipment and components, all while being paid, receiving full-time benefits, and not incurring any education expenses. In many locations, Carter offers multiple shift opportunities (1st, 2nd and weekend), including some 3-day/week and 4-day/week options.  This is an excellent opportunity and upon completion, you’ll be equipped to continuing building your skill set and expanding your technician career.

Requirements for our Apprentice Technician positions include:

  • Self-starter with strong work ethic & mechanical aptitude
  • Proficient with computers, including Microsoft Office software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Physical requirements must be met for the Apprentice Technician jobs, including the ability to lift, carry and maneuver items up to 70 pounds, including bulky objects.  These positions require repeated reaching, standing, stooping, kneeling, bending and climbing beside, onto and under a variety of heavy equipment.

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive an accreditation from The Virginia Department of Labor, officially becoming a certified Construction Equipment Technician.  You’ll be an integral part of our customers’ success and have the opportunity to work with an array of diverse equipment.  Carter’s Apprenticeship Program is nationally recognized by the Federal Department of Labor and is fully accredited through the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Competitive Compensation and Benefits:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance.
  • Paid time off.
  • Multiple Shift options at many locations.
  • 401(k), $0.75 to $1.25 match up to 6%.
  • Life and disability insurance.
  • In-house training instructors/programs.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Employee referral bonus program.
  • Discounts: cellular phone service, computers, tooling, cars and trucks.

Carter Machinery Co. Inc. is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, or any other characteristic protected by law – are encouraged to apply.

Carter Machinery is a drug-free workplace.

Qualified candidates may submit a confidential application at

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Equipment Technician

If you’re a gearhead who loves to work with your hands, a career as a technician might be for you. The heavy equipment world wouldn’t function without dedicated mechanics repairing and maintaining machines. As a technician, you can either work on machines in a dedicated shop or visit projects via service truck to make repairs on site. It’s a sweet gig.

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