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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.
Sudbury, Elliot Lake, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Algo, Blind River, Capreol, Cobalt, Englehart, Espanola, Garson Junction, Haileybury, Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Mattawa, New Liskeard, Nickel Centre, Parry Sound, Powassan, Temiskaming Shores, Thessalon, Valley East, Blezard Valley, Carol Richard Park, Connaught Hill, Dowling, Elmview, Finntown, Flake, Guilletville, Hanmer, Laurentien, Levack, Lively, McCrea Heights, Naughton, Parkwood, Pinecrest, Porcupine, Pottsville, South Porcupine, Val Caron, Val Therese
Outlook & Prospects for Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics in Northeast 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.
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Employment prospects for heavy-duty equipment mechanics are expected to be fair for the next few years in Northeastern Ontario. At the time of the most recent census, there were almost 1,800 heavy-duty equipment mechanics in Northeastern Ontario, an increase of slightly more than 15% from the previous census.
Compared to workers in other occupations in the region, heavy-duty equipment mechanics have an older age profile. Job openings will stem from replacement needs as experienced heavy duty mechanics retire
While demand has slowed somewhat over the past year due to the decline in economic conditions, infrastructure stimulus funding should help to reverse this recent trend. There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of highway and road construction over the past year. This is expected to continue for the the next two to three years through the entire Northeast region, as the infrastructure funds are disbursed. Heavy equipment will be required for theses projects. With the increased use of heavy equipment, the demand for heavy equipment mechanics could increase.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- Xstrata Copper, based in Timmins, will be hiring staff as it faces 400 retirements in the next few years
Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013
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