Diesel Engine Mechanic

Diesel Engine Mechanic

Apprenticeship

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.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN
INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENT MECHANIC
INDUSTRIAL MECHANIC (MILLWRIGHT)
TRUCK AND TRANSPORT MECHANIC

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:

  • 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

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 

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:

WAGES

Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and Journey Persons for Diesel Engine Mechanics:

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$22,880

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$45,000 – $50,000

Manitoba Prospects 2013

(starting/average)

$45,000 / $50,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, click here

TRAINING

Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba or visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/

Diesel Engine Mechanics

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

No

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

8,100 hours

Practical Exam required

No

Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

No

Red Seal Trade available

Yes

ASSOCIATIONS

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