What Does a Heavy Equipment Technician Do?

Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians (421A) repair, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in construction, forestry, mining, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, farming and similar activities. The NOC code for this trade is: 7312.

Learn about the business case for training apprentices in the heavy equipment service field

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Checking and determining problems in the functioning of bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction, logging and mining equipment
  • Cleaning, lubricating and maintaining equipment according to maintenance schedules
  • Adjusting equipment or repairing or replacing defective parts, components or systems
  • Testing repaired equipment for proper performance
  • Communicating with customers, co-workers and service managers
  • Reading owner/operator/manufacturer operating manuals and service 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). It would be beneficial to have credits in Math, English and Science, as well as technical courses such as electrical systems or auto mechanics. You must complete an apprenticeship of  hours, a combination of 6280 hours of on-the-job training as well as 720 hours in-school prior to successfully passing a written examination for your Certificate of Qualification.

If you are currently attending high school, you may benefit from enroling in a Mining Specialist High Skills Major program. For more information, please click on the following link:


What’s Your Future as Heavy Duty Equipment Technician?

Some Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians work in modern laboratories overhauling fuel injection pumps, while others work in construction fields, in oily or greasy environments or in all sorts of weather. Most work full-time, with the risk of injury involved in working around heavy equipment and power tools. Some travel may be involved as well as weekend or overtime work. Employers that hire Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians include:

  • Heavy Equipment firms that lease or own this equipment
  • Construction, Mining, Forestry, Material Handling businesses
  • Farming and Transportation companies

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices generally earn less than fully qualified journeypeople
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • Fully qualified Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians can earn in the range of $12 - $33 per hour depending on the geographic location where they work


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician For You?

Can you lift, stoop, bend, kneel and work in confined spaces?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy tinkering and fixing machinery and equipment?

Yes      No

Do you have good vision and good hearing?

Yes      No

Do you like finding out why a problem exists, and implementing solutions?

Yes      No

Can you work independently or as a member of a team?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy learning about and keeping up with changes in technology?

Yes      No

Do you like working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician may be for you!

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

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Ski Lift Mechanic
  • Aircraft  Maintenance Mechanic
  • Millwright
  • Welder


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