Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Heavy-Duty Mechanics work on industrial and construction vehicles, such as mining trucks and bulldozers; on heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, materials handling, landscaping, and land clearing; as well as on buses and large trucks.
Heavy-Duty Mechanics overhaul, repair and service equipment such as graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, drills, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. Working from manufacturers' specifications, they identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems.
The following trades begin with common Level 1 training, and may share other Levels as well: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET), Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM), Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM), and Transport Trailer Technician (TTT). Refer to this trade’s ‘Program Profile’ via the Industry Training Authority link for specific details.
The following education is recommended: Grade 10 equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with Level 1 taking ten weeks (300 hours) to complete. Levels 2 through 4 take eight weeks (240 hours), six weeks (180 hours), and four weeks (120 hours), respectively. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,360 hours of work-based training.
A Heavy Mechanical Foundation program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Apprenticeship Level 2, after 36 weeks of training (refer to the Industry Training Authority link for alternative pathways into the occupation).