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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.
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- 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 and farm equipment 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics in London Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Employment opportunities for Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics in the London-Woodstock area are expected to be average for the next few years.
According to the census, employment in this occupation has declined over the past five years. However, job opportunities are expected to open because of retirements. Around 40% of workers in this occupation are over 45 years of age.
These mechanics increasingly work with computerized machinery and need to have the skills this type of work requires. Many mechanics also need good communication skills, as they work directly with clients. The skills learned in this trade are transferable to other motive power trades, including motor vehicle mechanic, truck coach mechanic, farm equipment mechanic and motorcycle mechanic.
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