Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in transportation, construction, forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining, oil, gas, material handling, landscaping, land clearing and similar activities.
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People in this occupation:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 1,810
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics:
Heavy-duty and farm equipment mechanics may specialize in:
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics generally work a regular work week. However, overtime and extended hours are common when working to a deadline or if repairs to a critical piece of equipment are required. Some jobs require temporary relocation to remote work sites.
Some mechanics work outdoors at construction, mining and logging sites, where they are exposed to weather, and others work indoors in workshops and production plants. Work sites can be dirty, dusty and noisy, and weather conditions may vary.
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics are required to lift heavy parts and tools, handle greasy, dirty parts and stand and lie in awkward positions. Working around heavy machinery poses a hazard and mechanics take safety precautions to protect themselves from injury.
Source: 2016 Census
Completion of secondary school is generally required to work as a heavy-duty equipment mechanic. While not mandatory in B.C., certification or apprenticeship can offer more well-rounded training and will increase employment opportunities, as few employers will hire a heavy-duty equipment mechanic without certification. To be eligible for certification by the Industry Training Authority:
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics are eligible for Interprovincial Standard Endorsement (Red Seal) qualification through the Industry Training Authority. This allows holders to work in any province or territory. Once individuals pass the final examination of their accredited training program, they will achieve certification and will automatically receive Red Seal qualification.
Workers with 9,000 hours of documented, directly related work experience can challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal examination. For more information, please see the Industry Training Authority website at www.itabc.ca.
Those who are certified for an occupation by a regulator elsewhere in Canada can apply for the same certification from the regulator in B.C. Under the terms of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), most applicants who are transferring their credentials from elsewhere in Canada will not be required to complete additional training or testing. However, the B.C. regulator may ask applicants to provide further information such as a letter of good standing, references, or criminal record check.
For those who trained outside of Canada and never received certification from any Canadian jurisdiction, a full assessment is likely needed. Most occupational regulators have a process for assessment and recognize internationally trained applicants.
Contact the Industry Training Authority of BC for details on how to apply for certification in B.C.
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Due to the large size of this occupational group, a significant number of jobs will become available due to worker turnover. Demand for heavy-duty equipment mechanics is driven by activity in a wide variety of industries, such as Transportation, Mining, Oil and Gas Extraction, and Construction. This broad employment base helps to vary the work opportunities for these workers.
Technological advances, such as the growing use of diagnostic computers, are making heavy-duty mechanics more efficient and reducing the number of workers required to do the same volume of work. As equipment becomes increasingly sophisticated, heavy-duty equipment mechanics with up-to-date electronics training are expected to be in greatest demand.
With the trucking industry increasingly moving towards new technology to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of diesel engines, heavy-duty equipment mechanics with skill in this area should have an advantage in finding work.
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics may choose to specialize in specific types of machinery such as combines or tracked vehicles, or in diesel engines, power shift transmissions, fuel injection, hydraulics or electronics.
With experience, these workers may advance to senior positions, such as supervisor or service manager, or they may open their own businesses.