Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty construction equipment. Some mechanics in this occupation specialize in hydraulic-operated transmissions and attachments, drive trains, tracked vehicle suspensions and steering.

Great physical health and strength.

Effective problem-solving skills.

Excellent visual and hearing concentration skills.


  • Inspecting bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction equipment for proper performance, and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions.
  • Diagnosing faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine the extent of repair required.
  • Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems using hand and power tools.
  • Testing repaired equipment for proper performance and ensuring that work meets manufacturers’ specifications.
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment.
  • Service attachments and working tools such as blades, ploughs, winches and side booms.
  • May perform repair work on heavy trucks.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)
  • Ability to stay updated on technological trends and developments.
  • Ability to develop new solutions and techniques to solve problems related to new and/or different equipment.
  • Diagnostic and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to use a computer.
  • Ability to work independently.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on- the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $36-$37

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Examples of the kinds of physical demands for this career include crawling under vehicles, climbing on ladders, bending, stretching, twisting while working in confined spaces, standing or kneeling on cement floors, lifting and/or moving heavy objects such as tires, rims, brake drums, etc.