Proper maintenance of heavy-duty mobile equipment is no child’s play. Heavy pieces of equipment are used in forestry, landscaping, farming, material handling, land clearing, transportation, construction and many such activities. Repairing, overhauling, adjusting, maintaining and troubleshooting these pieces of equipment cater to the job of heavy-duty equipment mechanics.
Companies that deal in the manufacture and operation of these heavy pieces of equipment, dealers of heavy equipment pieces, service and rental establishments, urban systems of transit and railway transportation companies are the probable employers of these professionals of the NOCL occupation “heavy-duty equipment mechanics”.
Job titles that are accepted under this occupation are: heavy equipment mechanic, locomotive mechanic, heavy mobile logging equipment mechanic, farm equipment mechanic, tractor mechanic, construction equipment mechanic, diesel mechanic – heavy equipment, heavy-duty equipment mechanic apprentice and many others.
Before we move onto the job duties that come handy with this occupation, let us know about the employment requirements that an applicant must possess to qualify under this occupation. These requirements are given below:
- Secondary school completion
- Completion of an apprenticeship program of the duration of 3-5 years. Or, four years of trade experience along with any college, high school or industry level courses in the repair of heavy equipment is required, so that you are eligible to apply for trade certification
- To work in Alberta and Quebec, you must have the heavy-duty equipment mechanic trade certification but this is a voluntary requirement in other territories and provinces
- Another certification that is made available is farm equipment mechanic trade certification, though this is again voluntary in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Labrador, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan
- Interprovincial trade certification or Red Seal is another certification that is made available farm equipment mechanics and heavy-duty equipment mechanics, who are well qualified
If you know you can successfully qualify through this first phase of selection under the NOCL occupation “heavy-duty equipment mechanics,” do not be in a hurry to congratulate yourself for the second phase involves primary duties that you are expected to perform as a professional of this occupation. You can check these duties below:
- Checking bulldozers, graders, cranes and other such heavy pieces of equipment that are used in agricultural, mining, logging and construction for better performance. Equipment are also checked for malfunctions and faults
- Diagnosing malfunctions or faults with the use of computers and other equipment of testing to determine the repair required
- Adjusting equipment and replacing or replacing of components, defective parts by employing power and hand tools
- Testing repaired equipment for enhanced performance and to make sure that specifications of the manufacturer are met at work
- Cleaning, lubricating and performing other everyday maintenance work of equipment
- Working tools and service attachments, like tillage equipment, harvesting equipment, side booms, winches, ploughs and blades
- May have to repair heavy trucks
- May have to adjust new equipment for the farm and attach components
- Farm and heavy-duty equipment mechanics can have specialty in specific machinery types, like fuel injection, electronics, hydraulics, power shift transmission, tracked vehicle or engine overhaul
Being able to satisfy these requirements, make you eligible for Canada skilled migration with extra points earned under the NOCL’s occupation “heavy-duty equipment mechanics.” So, hurry and hire an experienced immigration consultant today.