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Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair and maintain big machines and heavy-duty equipment. Your day-to-day duties would include adjusting, repairing and replacing worn and damaged mechanical, hydraulic and electrical parts on tractors, steam shovels, trucks and other heavy equipment.
You need the skills to diagnose electrical, mechanical and hydraulic troubles. Working as a heavy-duty mechanic means taking equipment apart and reassembling equipment like engines, transmissions, and fuel and exhaust systems. Heavy-duty mechanics rely on hand and power tools and specialized equipment.
As a heavy-duty mechanic, you may specialize in specific types of machinery like tracked vehicles, fuel injection systems, power shift transmissions, hydraulics or electronics. A day in the life of a heavy-duty mechanic might include repairing a massive logging truck in tome for a driver to deliver his load.
You should earn a high-school diploma before applying to become a heavy-duty mechanic. Then you will need to complete a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses over five years.
Heavy-duty equipment technician trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories. An interprovincial Red Seal endorsement is also available to allow your skills to be officially recognized across Canada.
Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.
If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the Red Seal program for information on how to get started.
Control Systems Specialist
Control systems specialists maintain the hardware and software systems in a facility. You will find solutions and look for ways to improve processes. You will also work with electrical and electronics engineers to design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. Other duties include preparing material cost and timing estimates, reports, and design specifications for electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
Control systems specialists are responsible for recommending methods to improve safety, quality, throughput and uptime. They make sure the systems and equipment associated with this work are maintained and backed up, and they provide support for electrical personnel on shift.
Control systems specialists do their jobs in a variety of workspaces. You may spend most of your time in a control room, or your role could involve more time maintaining computer and electrical systems on a mill floor.