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Heavy-Duty Mechanic
Skilled Trades

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.

Education And Training

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.

Apprenticeship grants

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.

Here is a complete list of Canadian Universities and Colleges.

This job is right for you if...

  • You want to live an oversized life in one of Canada’s beautiful forest communities
  • A sense of community is important to you
  • You like variety and learning new things
  • You want to make a difference working in a green job
  • You like to see what makes things work
  • You like to solve problems
  • You want to work in work clothes, not a suit
  • You don’t mind a little grease on your hands

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Earning Potential

$37
Per Hour


This is the high end of the Canadian average. In some areas, heavy-duty mechanics make up to $42 per hour.

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