Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic)
Introduction
Heavy-duty equipment technicians troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in construction, transportation, forestry, mining, oil and gas, material handling, landscaping, land-clearing, farming and similar activities.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle hazardous materials, such as solvents. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to judge the condition of parts, e.g. inspect sprockets for signs of cracks, missing teeth and loose fit. (Complexity: 2)
 
Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from service managers to learn about equipment faults and upcoming meetings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short instructions written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read information on product labels to learn how to mix materials, such as adhesives. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short text entries on a variety of forms and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on work orders to determine the required repairs on machinery. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read installation instructions, e.g. read instructions to learn how to install components, such as hitches and winches. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of paper-based and electronic repair manuals to learn how to troubleshoot, service and maintain heavy equipment, e.g. read manuals to learn how to troubleshoot electrical system faults and service transmissions. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read manufacturers' notices, e.g. read technical service bulletins to learn about equipment recalls and procedures for handling repairs and warranty claims. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read regulations, e.g. read regulations governing the inspection of heavy-duty equipment and the disposal of hazardous fluids. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete work orders and delivery inspection forms by entering details, such as dates, times, part numbers, quantities and costs. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret graphs generated by computerized equipment, e.g. scan graphs generated by scan tools to troubleshoot faults and establish the operating condition of vehicle components. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret moderately complex flow, process and logic charts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as the positions of parts using moderately complex assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate voltages, capacities and components using moderately complex wiring, hydraulic and mechanical system schematics. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to Interpret complex technical drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to determine the position of parts within complex transmissions and schematics to determine hydraulic system capacities, flows and components. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide which tools to use, procedures to follow and tests to perform to diagnose and repair vehicles. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to locate information such as troubleshooting guides and specifications. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use diagnostic equipment (e.g. scan tools) to determine operational data, such as horsepower, torque, pressure readings and air-to-fuel ratios. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read brochures and pamphlets, e.g. read brochures to learn about new products and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read memos and bulletins, e.g. read memos and bulletins from supervisors to learn about changes to operating procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to interpret hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to engine components to learn about scalding, pressure and electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to view meters and digital readouts to locate data, such as energy readings, speeds, pressures, settings and error codes. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, classifications, material coefficients, quantities, identification numbers and costs, in complex tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write brief notes, e.g. describe needed repairs on work orders and vehicle inspection forms. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and brief notes to co-workers, e.g. write brief notes to inform co-workers about the status of repair projects. (Complexity: 1)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use specialized industry databases to access job assignments, input information on new jobs, retrieve and review past service information and complete work orders. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure for setting-up machinery, use Imperial measurements, such as fractional units of inches. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 3 or higher)