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Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
4 to 5 years
Red Seal

Heavy duty equipment technicians work with a variety of heavy duty equipment and vehicles, including cranes, graders, tractors, paving equipment, off-road haulers, and earthmovers. They must be able to identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems according to specifications. They follow written instructions and blueprints, test repaired equipment, clean and lubricate vehicle parts, and perform routine maintenance work.
Heavy Equipment Technician

Certification Requirements
  • The Heavy Duty Equipment Technician apprenticeship consists of 6,280 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Apprentices must also complete three 8-week in-class technical training sessions.
  • Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship requirements, you receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and are considered a journeyperson candidate. If you choose to challenge the Certificate of Qualification exam and pass, you become certified as a journeyperson in the trade.
  • A person with at least 7,000 hours of related work experience is eligible to apply for a Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) and challenge the Certificate of Qualification exam to become certified as a journeyperson in this trade.
  • If you pass the Interprovincial Standards Examination, you qualify for Interprovincial Red Seal Certification.

Educational Prerequisites
Grade 12 or equivalent.

In-Class Training
Please contact your local apprenticeship office for information on the availability of technical training for this program.