Heavy Duty Equipment 


Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians are behind-the-scenes experts. They are incredibly versatile and resourceful, as they work with a wide range of equipment, making sure everything runs safely. 

As a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, you’ll spend each day working on a range of tasks that test your analytical and mechanical skills.  

You’ll use your systematic approach to repair and maintain equipment used in a wide range of industries, from transportation to forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining and construction. This includes graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, forklifts, and more.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to adjust equipment and attach components 
  • How to test and inspect heavy equipment for faults and malfunctions 
  • How to repair and replace defective parts, components and systems 
  • How to clean, lubricate and maintain heavy equipment and attachments 

Key Job Skills

  • Repair and maintenance  
  • Troubleshooting and monitoring  
  • Coordination 
  • Machine servicing  
  • Knowledge of machine systems 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 28 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
6360 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$24.18 — $49.10

Program Updates

Harmonized (2024) Program Information

and Resources

In effect starting April 1, 2024

Exam Information


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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.