Job requirements Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a heavy equipment mechanic in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (NOC 7312).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or 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.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (off Road) Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Transport Trailer Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Diesel Engine Mechanic Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Diesel Fuel Injection Mechanic Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Diesel Engine Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
New Brunswick Heavy Equipment Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician- Transport Trailer Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Nunavut Heavy Duty Equipment Operators Regulated Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification, Government of Nunavut
Ontario Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Crop Dryer Technician Regulated Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Hydraulic/pneumatic Mechanic Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Construction Machine Mechanic Regulated Emploi Québec
Heavy Vehicles Mechanic Regulated Comités paritaire sur l'industrie des services automobiles, Ministère du Travail du Québec
Heavy Equipment Mechanic  Regulated Commission de la Construction du Québec
Saskatchewan Agricultural Equipment Technician Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Yukon Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (off Road) Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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