7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics | Canada NOC |

7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in construction, transportation, forestry, mining, oil and gas, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, farming and similar activities. They are employed by companies which own and operate heavy equipment, and by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments, railway transport companies and urban transit systems.


Index of titles

Example titles

Agricultural equipment technician

Apprentice farm equipment mechanic

Apprentice farm machinery mechanic

Backhoe mechanic

Caterpillar tractor repairer

Construction equipment mechanic

Construction equipment repairman/woman

Crane repairer

Crane service technician

Diesel engine mechanic

Diesel engine mechanic – heavy equipment

Diesel engine mechanic apprentice

Diesel engine repairman/woman – railway

Diesel locomotive repairman/woman

Diesel mechanic

Diesel mechanic – heavy equipment

Diesel mechanic apprentice

Dredge mechanic

Dredge repairer

Earthmoving equipment mechanic

Excavating equipment mechanic

Farm equipment mechanic

Farm equipment technician

Farm machinery mechanic

Farm machinery wheelwright

Farm tractor mechanic

Farm tractor repairer

Felling equipment mechanic

Fuel injection unit servicer – diesel

Grading equipment mechanic

Heavy diesel engine mechanic

Heavy equipment combination mechanic

Heavy equipment field mechanic

Heavy equipment inspector-repairer

Heavy equipment mechanic

Heavy equipment mechanic – diesel engine

Heavy mobile equipment repairer

Heavy mobile equipment repairman/woman

Heavy mobile logging equipment mechanic

Heavy mobile mining equipment mechanic

Heavy-duty equipment mechanic

Heavy-duty equipment mechanic apprentice

Heavy-duty equipment technician

Heavy-duty equipment technician apprentice

Journeyman/woman heavy-duty equipment mechanic

Locomotive mechanic

Mine locomotive repairman/woman

Mobile farm equipment mechanic

Mobile farm machinery repairer

Mobile logging equipment mechanic

Mobile mining equipment mechanic

Paving equipment mechanic

Power shovel mechanic

Repairer mechanic

Sideboom mechanic

Tractor mechanic

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Check bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction, agricultural, logging and mining equipment for proper performance and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions

Diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair required

Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems, using hand and power tools

Test repaired equipment for proper performance and to ensure that work meets manufacturers’ specifications

Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment

Service attachments and working tools such as harvesting and tillage equipment, blades, ploughs, winches and side booms

May perform repair work on heavy trucks

May attach components and adjust new farm equipment.

Heavy-duty 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.

Employment requirements

Completion of secondary school and training courses or a vocational program is usually required.

Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience and industry courses in heavy equipment repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.

Heavy-duty equipment technician trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.

Agricultural equipment technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified heavy duty equipment technicians and agricultural equipment technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Additional information

The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


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