Diesel Engine Mechanic





At a glance

Diesel engine mechanics diagnose, service, adjust, overhaul, and maintain and test diesel engines and related equipment and components as well as related electrical and electronic systems. Much of the heavy equipment used in the construction, transportation, and farming industries, such as bulldozers, cranes, and tractors are powered by diesel.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook)

  • Heavy construction companies
  • Railways
  • Companies involved in forestry, farming, oil and gas, material handling
  • Landscaping/ land clearing companies
  • Specialized repair and overall shops

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Diesel Engine Mechanic may be right for you!

  • Are you good at problem solving?
  • Can you work with mechanical systems?
  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Do you like doing detailed, precise work indoors and out?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for Diesel Engine Mechanics.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$45,000 - $50,000

Manitoba Prospects 2013


$45, 000/ $50, 000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/index.html


Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/index.html

Diesel Engine Mechanic

Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours L3: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2: 7 weeks Y3:6 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required


Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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