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7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in construction, forestry, mining, oil and gas exploration, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, farming and similar activities. Common Job Titles Construction Equipment Mechanic Farm Equipment Mechanic Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanic Apprentice Heavy Equipment Mechanic Heavy Mobile Logging Equipment Mechanic Heavy Mobile Mining Equipment Mechanic Tractor Mechanic Typical Employers heavy equipment dealers establishments that own and operate heavy equipment in mining, manufacturing, transportation and construction heavy equipment rental and service establishments transit and railway companies

Selected Main Duties

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics perform some or all of the following duties: · · · · · · Check bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction, logging and mining equipment for proper performance; Inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions and diagnose to determine extent of repair required; Attach components, 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; Perform repair work on heavy trucks.

The work normally consists of a five-day, 40-hour workweek, occasional periods of shift work and overtime. Heavy-duty equipment mechanics work with oil and grease, mainly outdoors and sometimes in remote locations. © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2009


Apprenticeship training programs exist for heavy-duty equipment mechanic and farm equipment mechanic but certification is not a compulsory work requirement for these occupations in Ontario. Interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which allows qualified individuals in these trades to work in other provinces and territories, is also available in Ontario. Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification. Entry to apprenticeship requires a job and usually completion of Grade 12. The apprentice applies directly to the employer, union or joint industry committee for an apprenticeship opening. Students who have completed Grade 10 have an opportunity to become registered apprentices while finishing high school under the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. Alternatively, entry into apprenticeship can be pursued through pre-apprenticeship training. The Ontario government supports programs that can help newcomers get their license or certificate in their profession or trade so that they can work in Ontario. For more information, visit the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website at

Employment Prospect

Over the next five years: Average Opportunities for employment in this occupation are expected to be average over the period from 2009 to 2013. The demand for heavy-duty equipment mechanics is related to the overall health of the Ontario economy, especially the construction, mining and wholesale trade sectors. All are expected to experience some volatility, but the overall trend is for positive growth. The employment of heavy- duty equipment mechanics in construction and mining is impacted by changes in the economic cycle. However, the skills learned in this trade are transferable to other occupations such as motor vehicle mechanics, truck coach mechanics, and motorcycle mechanics. The federal fiscal stimulus, which includes investment in infrastructure projects, is expected to provide good employment opportunities for heavy-duty mechanics over the forecast period. Heavy-duty equipment mechanics increasingly work with computerized machinery and therefore need to have the skills this type of work requires. Many mechanics also need good communication skills, as they work directly with clients. As the equipment used continues to become more complex, the need for experienced technicians with formal training in heavy equipment mechanics will increase.

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Characteristics of Occupation

Estimated Employment in 2006 8,030

General Characteristics Male Female Full-Time Part-Time Self Employed Employees Unemployment Rate Main Industries of Employment Wholesale Trade Other Services Construction Mining (except Oil and Gas) Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Transportation and Warehousing All Other Industries

(%) 99 1 95 3 7 93 3 (%) 24 15 12 9 6 6 29 (%) This Occupation 8 2 4 19 11 10 7 (%) All Occupations 10 3 3 45 10 11 5

Employment by Economic Region Ottawa Kingston - Pembroke Muskoka - Kawarthas Toronto Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula London

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Windsor - Sarnia Stratford - Bruce Peninsula Northeast Northwest

6 6 21 6

5 2 4 2


Annual Average Employment Income of Persons Employed Full-Time Full-Year in 2005

$80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 This Occupation All Occupations $55,320 $56,033

Additional Information Sources

Additional information about this occupation can be obtained from the following web sites: · · · Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors ( Interprovincial Standards "Red Seal" Program ( Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (

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