Heavy Equipment Technician

Heavy Equipment Technician

Apprenticeship

AT A GLANCE

Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians maintain, repair, service, and overhaul mobile heavy industrial and stationary equipment, such as highway transport vehicles, construction and earth-moving equipment, cranes, paving equipment, tractors and mobile industrial equipment. 

In an organization that maintains its own fleet of heavy-duty equipment: you would follow a regular checklist of inspections for preventive maintenance and make any necessary repairs. 

In a large or specialized shop: you may specialize in engine overhaul, power shift transmissions, fuel pumps and injectors, hydraulic controls, electrical and electronic equipment, air conditioning or track equipment. 

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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
  • Major trucking firms
  • Railways
  • Farm equipment, mining and truck dealerships
  • Companies involved in forestry, farming, oil and gas, material handling
  • Landscaping/land clearing companies

Other Conditions: seasonal, shift work

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects

MINI SKILLS ASSESSMENT

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Heavy Equipment Technician/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 Heavy Equipment Technicians/Mechanics:

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

 

$31,200

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

 

$61,440 – $71,040

For more information on apprenticeship wages, click here

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career:
Minimum Wage Rate May 1, 2017 or after
Journey Persons
$23.35

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/

Heavy Equipment Technician/Mechanic

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 6 weeks Y4: 4 weeks

Additional Licensing

No

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

10,800 hours

Practical Exam required

No

Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

No

Red Seal Trade available

Yes

ASSOCIATIONS

Click the links below for associations related to this career!