Heavy-duty equipment mechanics - Emploi d'avenir
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Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

Construction, transportation, forestry, mining and landscaping are just a few of the industries that rely on heavy-duty equipment to get the job done. Repair and maintain cranes, graders, diggers and other types of essential heavy-duty machinery.

Average salary27$ / hour


Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in construction, transportation, forestry, mining, oil and gas, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, farming and similar activities. They are employed by companies which own and operate heavy equipment, and by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments, and railway transport companies and urban transit systems.


  • Enterprising
  • Investigative
  • Realistic

Each profession is associated with a combination of three initial letters corresponding to one of the six RIASEC profiles. Profile combinations are determined based on skills, fields of interest and certain personality traits.

Main tasks

  • Check bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction, agricultural, logging and mining equipment for proper performance and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions
  • Diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair required
  • Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems, using hand and power tools
  • Test repaired equipment for proper performance and to ensure that work meets manufacturers' specifications
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment
  • Service attachments and working tools such as harvesting and tillage equipment, blades, ploughs, winches and side booms
  • May perform repair work on heavy trucks
  • May attach components and adjust new farm equipment
* Heavy-duty mechanics may specialize in specific types of machinery such as combines or tracked vehicles, or in engine overhaul, power shift transmissions, fuel injection, hydraulics or electronics.  



Construction equipment mechanics

Description of the Construction equipment mechanics program

To register for Construction equipment mechanics

Mécanique de véhicules lourds routiers

Description of the Mécanique de véhicules lourds routiers program (French only)

To register for Mécanique de véhicules lourds routiers (French only)

Mécanique agricole

Description of the Mécanique agricole program (French only)

To register for Mécanique agricole (French only)

Mécanique spécialisée d'équipement lourd

Description of the Mécanique spécialisée d'équipement lourd program (French only)

To register for Mécanique spécialisée d'équipement lourd (French only)

More information

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agricultural equipment technician, backhoe mechanic, caterpillar tractor repairer, construction equipment mechanic, crane service technician, diesel engine mechanic, dredge mechanic or repairer, earthmoving equipment mechanic, excavating equipment mechanic, farm equipment mechanic, farm equipment technician, farm machinery mechanic, mobile farm machinery repairer, paving equipment mechanic, sideboom mechanic.

This trade is in highest demand in these regions:

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Estrie
  • Île-de-Montréal
  • Outaouais
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Côte-Nord et Nord-du-Québec
  • Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Laval
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie
  • Centre-du-Québec
  • Grande région de Montréal

This site presents a selection of the best job opportunities. At the national level and in all regions, the possibilities are numerous.
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