About This Career
Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy duty equipment for oil and gas-related construction and operations activities. They inspect equipment and machines to diagnose defects. They do preventative maintenance on industrial and construction vehicles such as bulldozers, graters and excavators. They might be required to have basic welding or soldering skills to make mechanical or electrical repairs respectively. While Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics mostly work on mobile equipment, they could also work on diesel motors, hydraulics, etc. that are found in plants and rigs.
Working with a combination of heavy machinery, electronics and computers is expected as almost all highway or off-highway equipment have multiple electrical control systems. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics often diagnose equipment problems by plugging a laptop into the electronic control module (ECM) of a machine.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is typically employed in the oil sands and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Construction Equipment Mechanic, Equipment Technician, Field Mechanic, Field Service Technician, Field Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Heavy Equipment Technician, Mechanic, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG export facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
When LNG takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
- Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
- Forestry and logging
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Repair and maintenance
- Support activities for agriculture and forestry
- Truck transporation
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program. In some provinces, both of these routes can begin in high school.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)