In the construction world, there are lots of different tools being used and heavy equipment makes up a huge chunk of the products being used on jobsites. Often, this equipment entails heavy-duty trucks. Like all machinery, large trucks need to get maintenance frequently. Keeping construction equipment persistently up to date helps mitigate safety risks and keeps things running smoothly.
While companies try to keep machinery well maintained through preventative maintenance, sometimes things need immediate servicing. Companies like Mobile Techs can be of great help in both instances.
While mobile repair companies might have a lot of business to tend to, they can run into challenges along the way. As many construction companies know, the supply chain can be chaotic, and mobile repair companies are no exception to the disorder.
About Mobile Techs
Mobile Techs was founded in 2020 by Luis Ferrer. Ferrer, president of Mobile Techs, is a veteran who served in the Marine Corps. Having had military experience, Ferrer said he is always seeking to hire veterans whenever it is possible. This inclusivity is somewhat precious in the construction industry. The labor shortage is running rampant through the industry and more companies and contractors are trying to make their job opportunities more available to a larger pool of people. Seeking veterans and being open to those with disabilities is a great way to widen the possible workforce.
Mobile Techs offers customers both mechanical repairs and preventive maintenance for large and heavy equipment and vehicles. On the electrical side, the company also offers forklift repairs.
“We provide onsite mechanical repairs for heavy-duty trucks and respective attachments such as trailers, cranes, booms, conveyors, etc.,” explained Ferrer. “[We] also service forklifts and industrial equipment.”
Having companies, like Mobile Techs, that can come around to do planned maintenance as well as come over for unforeseen onsite mechanical repairs is very important for contractors or companies to be aware of and have access to.
Entering the Service Industry
Ferrer has lots of experience in serving, both by serving his country in the Marine Corps and by working at and owning a car service and repair shop. Much like serving in the Marine Corps, Ferrer found that being the owner of a car repair shop kept him away from spending time with his family.
Ferrer said he started feeling like he was “chained to the shop and [it] prevented me from doing certain things with the family.”
Family played a big role in Ferrer's decision to switch his career description from cars to trucks and he mentioned that while he owned the car repair shop he noticed the revenue difference between servicing cars and servicing trucks.
“I owned a car repair shop with a partner and noticed that the trucks that we started to service [were] much more profitable than cars,” Ferrer recounted.
This was when he chose to shift towards his current mobile truck repair service. He pointed out that with the ability to go mobile, not only did he make more of a profit from servicing trucks, but it also helped him free up some time.
“I was able to create my own schedule [and] participate in my children’s extracurricular activities,” said Ferrer.
The Challenge of Mobile Service
Mobile repair services are convenient for construction companies and contractors. It makes getting maintenance done much easier and eases the stresses put on workers in charge of managing and scheduling servicing. Heavy equipment can be difficult to transport to get serviced and the back-and-forth transport can be time-consuming for workers. This could make preventative care a lot less likely to happen. If it’s a hassle to do, nobody is going to want to do it. This is why having a mobile repair service is so ideal. Even though the service is very appealing, there are challenges that Mobile Techs faces.
Ferrer said, “The most common challenge in the industry for us is getting replacement parts as we deal with such a variety of equipment and the supply chains are often delayed in production.”
The supply chain has been an issue throughout the industry which has been resulting in companies struggling to see growth. Mobile repair companies running into such disarray can cause them to lose business. Surviving such high-demand equipment can become a battle of first come first serve where companies and contractors flock to the servicers that have the part needed at that time.
Some aspects of the business section of construction are quite complicated and having supply chain trouble only makes the situation more complex. There have been some companies that have been able to find and use technologies that can ease the pressures of the business side of things. While this can be useful, it’s not necessarily a path everyone is willing to readily go down and might not be available to everyone.
As a result of the supply chain challenges, Mobile Techs and companies similar to it might struggle to be as productive as intended and to keep a steady hold of their client base.
Mobile Repair Services
Mobile repair services like Mobile Techs can be extremely useful for companies in need of heavy-duty equipment repairs. Providing for forklifts, heavy equipment, and their various attachments is highly necessary, but can also be difficult to get a strong grasp on. With supply chain struggles, repair companies are stuck in a challenging spot.
Bringing in inclusivity and variety, more companies should follow Mobile Techs’ lead and actively search out veterans to hire. There are loads of people out there looking for jobs and many of them are veterans. Since the industry is suffering from a labor shortage, it is important to look outside of the typical worker sections and start considering non-traditional options for construction jobs, even if this means altering job descriptions and making accommodations to better suit those with disabilities.
Ferrer predicts that this “current inclusive and comprehensive service model will be the industry model in the future.”
Mobile repair services can make constant preventive maintenance a lot less strenuous and hassling. Having a service truck come to the product allows companies and contractors to sit back and watch. Keeping equipment well-maintained helps make construction more productive and efficient.