Automotive Mechanic vs. Forklift Technician: The Benefits of Being a Forklift Technician

Automotive Mechanic vs. Forklift Technician: The Benefits of Being a Forklift Technician

When it comes to technician or mechanic jobs, most people automatically think of the automotive industry. However, many do not know there is a similar career path that requires the same skills and can also give you more freedom, higher pay, and better benefits: being a forklift technician. With locations in Denver, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake, as well as remote positions all over the Rocky Mountain region, Welch Equipment is the perfect place to start your career as a forklift technician. Here are some of the benefits of transitioning from an automotive mechanic to a forklift technician career.

Work-Life Balance

Our technicians generally only work Monday-Friday. Vacation is encouraged and there is seldom mandatory overtime or weekend work.

Company Vehicle

We provide our techs with a company van or truck that is home with you at night and we pay for fuel.

Career Advancement

Hard work and knowledge do not go unnoticed. We promote from within whenever possible and offer opportunities to advance careers.

Specialized Training

Our classroom and in-shop training prepare techs to succeed.

Hourly Pay

We pay our technicians at an hourly rate instead of flat rate, ensuring you earn more for the work you perform.


We provide the specialty tools our material handling technicians need to do their work. Personal hand tools are required, but your tools are home with you when not on duty and are never locked up in someone’s shop.

Our technicians are a big reason why we have an outstanding reputation in the material handling industry. Along with expertly servicing lift trucks and vehicles, technicians are often the main point of contact for our customers. That’s why we put so much into the hiring, training, and continued development of our technicians. Whether you’re an experienced technician or interested in changing career paths, we can help you get to the next level.

Check out our current technician openings here.

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