Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Heavy equipment technicians, also called heavy equipment mechanics, work with some of the biggest and toughest machines in the world. They maintain and repair a wide range of large industrial vehicles, including backhoes, trucks, bulldozers, and excavators. Their day-to-day routine involves checking machinery for faults, repairing or replacing parts within electrical or hydraulic systems and diesel engines, and performing routine maintenance such as cleaning and lubricating. When confronted with a malfunctioning piece of equipment, the technician first performs diagnostic tests to figure out what is wrong.
Your job may include all or some of the following:
- Use tools and computerized diagnostic equipment to locate the cause of mechanical problems
- Repair or replace parts in electrical or hydraulic systems and diesel engines
- Perform routine maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating parts
- Repairs need to be done in the field at times
- Some specialize in certain types of equipment
If you are considering working as a heavy equipment technician, you should have a good understanding of mechanical equipment. You should also be a good problem solver and be able to apply technical knowledge to a variety of situations. It’s essential to have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. It is also necessary to be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects. You should not be afraid of getting dirty.
- Grade twelve Diploma or GED equivalent is required
- Retention of a valid class drivers license and clean drivers abstract is considered an asset
- College training or industry experience is considered an asset
- Willing and able to work long hours, overtime and possible weekend work in various weather conditions
- Willing and able to work away from home for lengthy periods of time on different projects
- Strong mechanical knowledge with respect to the maintenance, servicing and repair of heavy duty equipment is a MUST
- Be fit for work every day
There are occasions when the individual may come into contact with dust due to the site’s conditions and with fluids from the vehicles such as windshield washer, coolant and oil. Vehicle inspection regardless of weather conditions is required daily. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is required at all times. There are physically demanding aspects of the job. This position is available immediately; therefore if you have a positive attitude, a desire to learn, and a drive to succeed please submit your resume online.
We are an equal opportunity employer.