Heavy-duty equipment mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Heavy-duty and farm equipment mechanics may specialize in specific types of machinery such as combines or tracked vehicles, or in engine overhaul, power shift transmissions, fuel injection, hydraulics or electronics.
B. Check bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction, agricultural, logging and mining equipment for proper performance and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions
C. Diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair required
D. Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems, using hand and power tools
E. Test repaired equipment for proper performance and to ensure that work meets manufacturers' specifications
F. Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment
G. Service attachments and working tools such as harvesting and tillage equipment, blades, ploughs, winches and side booms
1. Wholesale trade - 22.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 17.0%
3. Construction - 10.0%
4. Transportation and warehousing - 10.0%
5. Mining (except oil and gas) - 7.0%
6. Farms - 4.0%
7. Real estate and rental and leasing - 3.0%
1. You usually need a high school diploma.
2. To gain trade certification, you usually need either a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years' work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment repair.
3. Heavy-duty equipment mechanic trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces/territories.
4. Farm equipment mechanic trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces except Quebec and the territories.
5. Heavy equipment and farm equipment mechanics may obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
4. Industrial Arts
The average hourly wages for Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics is $20.21/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.