What Does a Powered Lift Truck Technician Do?

Powered Lift Truck Technicians (282E) diagnose problems with, troubleshoot, tune up, fix and repair lift truck engines and their component parts and systems.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Acquiring practical knowledge about the many acts, regulations and standards, including safety, that apply to vehicle safety inspections, emissions tests, and the repair and replacement of defective parts of powered lift trucks
  •  Interpreting and applying information from service bulletins, manuals and parts catalogues, microfiche and computerized information systems so that repair is performed according to manufacturer's specifications
  • Visually inspecting and assessing system types, looking for defects, testing and analyzing vehicle performance and function
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting, servicing and repairing: batteries, starting & ignition systems, electric motors, engines and engine lubricating systems, electrical-electronically controlled systems, clutch systems, suspension systems, cooling systems, and various fuel delivery systems including diesel and natural gas 
  • Selecting and correctly using the right tool(s) to perform engine tune ups; repairing manual transmissions and components, as well as automatic and hydrostatic transmission systems and drive shafts, drive axles and differential assemblies
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing manual and power steering systems and components as well as mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic braking systems and their components
  • Maintaining, diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing lifting systems and their components, as well as tires, wheels and frame and cab systems/components
  • Verifying all repairs for effectiveness
  • Conducting final inspections to ensure that work detailed on work order has been completed to meet customer need/company standards
  • Preparing cost estimates, parts requisitions and work plans 
  • Communicating with customers or service managers about the scope of problems and cost of repairs
  • Reading manuals and consulting with manufacturers re: component or system specifications

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Motive Power sector link: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards.

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Credits in Math, Science and English are recommended. Enrolment in OYAP, coop, or obtaining technical credits in the automotive or truck vehicle mechanic area would be a definite asset. You can obtain a Certificate of  Apprenticeship after completing 6280 hours of on-the-job training as well as three 8 week blocks of in-school training (720 hours) for a total of 7000 hours.  Upon successful completion of a written examination, the candidate will be recognized by the OCoT Program Development and Standards Unit with a Certificate of Qualification.

Post secondary training in the field is offered at Kemptville College, affiliated with the U. of Guelph: http://www.kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca/

What’s Your Future as a Powered Lift Truck Technician?

Powered Lift Truck Technicians may need to travel to various work sites to perform their duties, sometimes outdoors or in a shop environment, usually working a standard 40 hour work week, with the possibility of some shifts, evening or weekend work required. Career progression within the trade can include Supervisory/Management positions or self-employment. 

  • Equipment Service/ Dealerships
  • Lift Truck sales and rental companies
  • Material Handling companies
  • Self-employment

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices generally earn less than Journeypeople
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • On average, fully qualified Powered Lift Truck Technician can earn in the range of $12.00 - $22.00 per hour and up according to the Peel Halton Dufferin 2000 Wage Book.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Powered Lift Truck Technician for You?

Do you have a mechanical aptitude, good vision and enjoy learning about and fixing different systems and components?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy communicating with co-workers and customers?

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to be on your feet for long hours and are you willing to work overtime if required?

Yes      No

Are you able to bend, lift, kneel, stoop, and crouch?

Yes      No

Do you like to diagnose and find problems, then implement solutions?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes      No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done safely and just right?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Powered Lift Truck Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Tire, Wheel & Rim Installer/Mechanic
  • Recreational Vehicle Mechanic
  • Hydraulic & Pneumatic Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic


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