Job prospects Heavy Equipment Mechanic near Edmonton (AB)

Explore current and future job prospects for Heavy-duty equipment mechanics near Edmonton (AB). These trends also apply to people working as a heavy equipment mechanic.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Recent trends

Labour shortage

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was good over the past few years (2016-2018). There were more job openings than workers available to fill them.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

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Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (NOC 7312) in the Edmonton region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Coal production in Alberta has been in decline, largely because of the imminent closure of mines aimed at producing thermal coal for domestic use. The government mandated transition from coal-fired power generation to natural gas-fired and renewable energy sources may limit the job opportunities for this mining related occupation. That said, the Vista coal mine is now operating and shipping coal to export markets with a few new jobs on offer.

Here are some key facts about Heavy-duty equipment mechanics in the Edmonton region:

  • Approximately 5,550 people work in this occupation.
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81): 21%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 20%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 15%
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 10%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 6%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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