Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • 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

Personal Qualities

  • You will make a significant investment in tools
  • You will work both indoors and outdoors repairing equipment
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and are able to bend down and reach up frequently
  • You use physical strength on the job
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You like working with computers and computerized equipment
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Career Opportunities

  • Heavy duty equipment technicians work 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, by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments, and by railway transport companies and urban transit systems
  • Heavy duty equipment technicians 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

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 6,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 7,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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