NOC – 7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics


  • agricultural equipment technician
  • apprentice farm equipment mechanic
  • apprentice farm machinery mechanic
  • apprentice mechanic, diesel engines
  • apprentice mechanic, farm equipment
  • apprentice mechanic, farm machinery
  • backhoe mechanic
  • caterpillar tractor repairer
  • combination mechanic, heavy equipment
  • construction equipment mechanic
  • construction equipment repairman/woman
  • crane repairercrane repairman, crane repairwoman
  • crane service technician
  • diesel engine mechanic
  • diesel engine mechanic – heavy equipment
  • diesel engine mechanic apprentice
  • diesel engine repairman/woman – railway
  • diesel locomotive repairman/woman
  • diesel mechanic
  • diesel mechanic – heavy equipment
  • diesel mechanic apprentice
  • dredge mechanic
  • dredge repairerdredge repairman, dredge repairwoman
  • earthmoving equipment mechanic
  • excavating equipment mechanic
  • farm equipment mechanic
  • farm equipment technician
  • farm machinery mechanic
  • farm tractor mechanic
  • farm tractor repairer
  • felling equipment mechanic
  • field mechanic, heavy equipment
  • fuel injection unit servicer – diesel
  • grading equipment mechanic
  • heavy diesel engine mechanic
  • heavy equipment combination mechanic
  • heavy equipment field mechanic
  • heavy equipment inspector-repairer
  • heavy equipment mechanic
  • heavy equipment mechanic – diesel engine
  • heavy mobile equipment repairer
  • heavy mobile equipment repairman/woman
  • heavy mobile logging equipment mechanic
  • heavy mobile mining equipment mechanic
  • heavy-duty equipment mechanic
  • heavy-duty equipment mechanic apprentice
  • heavy-duty equipment technician
  • heavy-duty equipment technician apprentice
  • inspector-repairer, heavy equipment
  • journeyman/woman heavy-duty equipment mechanic
  • locomotive mechanic
  • locomotive repairman/woman, diesel
  • mechanic, backhoe
  • mechanic, construction equipment
  • mechanic, earthmoving equipment
  • mechanic, excavating equipment
  • mechanic, farm equipment
  • mechanic, farm machinery
  • mechanic, farm tractors
  • mechanic, heavy diesel engines
  • mechanic, heavy equipment
  • mechanic, heavy equipment – diesel engine
  • mechanic, locomotive
  • mechanic, mobile logging equipment
  • mechanic, mobile mining equipment
  • mechanic, repairer
  • mechanic, sideboom
  • mechanic, tractor
  • mine locomotive repairman/woman
  • mobile farm equipment mechanic
  • mobile farm machinery repairer
  • paving equipment mechanic
  • power shovel mechanic
  • repairer, farm tractors
  • repairman/woman, diesel locomotives – railway
  • sideboom mechanic
  • tractor mechanic
  • tractor mechanic, farm
  • tractor repairer, farm
  • wheelwright, farm machinery

Job Duties

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school and training courses or a vocational program is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience and industry courses in heavy equipment repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Heavy-duty equipment technician trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Agricultural equipment technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified heavy duty equipment technicians and agricultural equipment technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Additional Information

  • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (7311)
  • Motor vehicle diesel engine mechanics (in 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers)
  • Supervisors of heavy equipment mechanics (in 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)

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