- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- High school diploma
About This Career
As a Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic, you repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy duty equipment for oil and gas-related construction and operations activities. It has been said that the amount of information a Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic has to retain to inspect, diagnose and fix equipment resembles that of a doctor. Your brain is one of your most important tools as troubleshooting is a critical part of your day. As we live in an electronic world, you must also be comfortable with electronics and computers. You often diagnose equipment problems by plugging your laptop into the electronic control module (ECM) of a machine. You’ll be responsible to find the problem and resolve it. You also enjoy working with big mechanical systems, components and parts. For example, excavator shovels can wear out from use and require ongoing maintenance and repair.
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, graders and excavators. They might be required to have basic welding or soldering skills to make mechanical or electrical repairs. 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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Performing a full safety review analysis of the vehicle in order to detect potential problems
- Testing mechanical products and equipment after their repair or assembly to ensure proper performance and compliance with manufacturers' specifications
- Repairing and replacing damaged or worn parts
- Cleaning, lubricating and performing other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles
- Adjusting, maintaining and repairing or replacing subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks and cranes
- Welding or soldering broken parts and structural members using electric or gas welders and soldering tools
- A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- 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.
Good communication skills are just as critical as your technical skills.
- Computers and electronics
- Maintaining equipment
- Repairing machines and systems
- Active listening
- Systems analysis
- Complex problem solving
- Time management
- Attention to detail
- Transportation and warehousing
- Mining and quarrying
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
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Also known as
- Construction Equipment Mechanic
- Equipment Technician
- Field Mechanic
- Field Service Technician
- Field Technician
- Heavy Equipment Mechanic
- Heavy Equipment Technician
- Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
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