A heavy-duty technician or mechanic career in B.C. could be perfect for anyone interested in technology advancement, problem-solving, and mechanics. Heavy-duty technicians work in various industries, including transportation, construction, forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining, oil, gas, and land clearing. They inspect, repair, overhaul, and re-assemble electrical components and ensure everything runs safely and efficiently. 

What is the difference between a heavy-duty technician and a heavy-duty mechanic?

The short answer is there isn’t. Both titles cover the same job and are responsible for the same things: the repair, maintenance, and testing of mobile heavy equipment. 

A heavy-duty technician could be the right choice if you are looking for a career that involves hands-on work. There are many reasons why a career in heavy-duty mechanics would appeal to someone. Heavy-Duty technicians need a combination of soft and hard skills on the job. 

Soft skills needed include:

Soft skills are traits that make someone a good employee, and they are not necessarily the skills learnt in school or trade programs. They are desirable skills that employers look for. Some of the key skills needed to work in this field, beyond what you learn in school and on the job, include:

  • Problem-solving skills and critical thinking to help identify, troubleshoot, and diagnose mechanical and technical issues quickly and efficiently.
  • keen eye for detail, so you can spot minor problems before they become significant issues.
  • Excellent communication skills help you explain complex technical issues to clients and coworkers, communicate effectively with clients, and provide quality service to meet their needs.
  •  Time management skills allow you to work efficiently and prioritize tasks. 
  • Able to work collaboratively with other technicians, engineers, and staff to achieve shared goals.

Training and experience needed:

To become a heavy-duty technician in B.C., training and experience are needed. Training starts as an apprenticeship. You must have time spent on the job and in-school training to be an apprentice. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician trainees must complete a four-year program, including on-site and in-school training hours. Key job duties include:

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

Trades are in demand in B.C.

There will always be a need for skilled trade workers in B.C. If you are interested in a career as a heavy-duty technician or in another trade, check out Skilled Trades BC to learn more about specific trades and what is required. A career as a heavy-duty technician is a rewarding, challenging career filled with analytical and mechanical tasks. 

We are always looking for skilled workers

ATS Mechanical in Armstrong, B.C., offers heavy-duty mechanic bays, a welding bay, full-service wash bays, and more. A BC CVIP inspection facility, we take care of heavy-duty trucks, top to bottom. 

To learn more about Agri-Trans and our services, contact us, and we will be happy to discuss how Agri-Trans can help your business.