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As a heavy duty mechanic, you make sure all equipment meets provincial and federal safety standards. You will troubleshoot, make repairs, and install new parts as needed. Most heavy duty mechanics work in a team, often in a manufacturing facility setting. If you are a good team player, an experienced mechanic, and have a drive to be successful, contact Randstad Canada today to explore your opportunities in your area.
Heavy duty mechanics tend to work in an industrial plant setting, often with a team of mechanics. You will spend most of your time working on your feet and in potentially dangerous situations. Abiding by health and safety rules is very important. You will work shifts. Shift times will vary based on your company schedule. Evenings and weekends are common for this role. You will report to a lead mechanic or facility manager.
The average annual salary for a heavy duty mechanic working in Canada is about $70,000 per year. At the low end of the salary scale, you can make just over $40,000 per year. At the top end of the salary scale, you can make more than $100,000 annually. Years of experience working in the field and troubleshooting skills can help increase your earning potential. Performance bonuses are often included in your compensation package. Location can also play a factor in your earning potential.
No two days are ever the same. Your day-to-day tasks will vary based on what requires attention, breakdowns, and priorities. Therefore, you will work on repair, maintenance, and many other tasks on any given day. Here are some of the responsibilities that will be included in your job description:
Heavy duty mechanics can work for many types of companies in many industries, including farming, manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, railways, and any other organization that uses heavy machinery. You can work for a mechanic company, a government agency, or work directly for an organization. Some heavy duty mechanics also work as contractors or are self-employed. Jobs in this field are available across the country, usually in regions with lots of farming or manufacturing. Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and across Ontario offer many opportunities.
Heavy duty mechanics are skilled at working with and repairing many types of equipment. Some of the skills and abilities companies are look for when hiring heavy duty mechanics include:
Most heavy duty mechanic roles require a minimum of a high school diploma. Some companies require you have a college diploma in some form of mechanics. An apprenticeship and industry experience is a main requirement. You will also be required to obtain a license that allows you to operate industrial equipment. Additional training and verification may be required for certain roles.
Heavy duty mechanics have a strong background in mechanical repair. Many work as heavy duty mechanics for the majority of their careers, moving into supervisory or management roles later in their career. There are also many similar roles you could pursue, including millwright, heavy duty technician, heavy duty mechanic, diesel mechanic, and other specialized mechanical trades.
Are you an experienced mechanic? Looking to break into the world of heavy duty mechanics? Contact Randstad Canada today to boost your job search. We can help you find mechanic roles that match your skill set and career aspirations.