Find A Trade

We want to make sure you have an opportunity to look around the building trades for a bit... find out as much as you can... and then make a decision that works for you.

To get you started, we've built this portal to help you explore. Simply use the tools below to select a trade you want to explore and where you live — the resulting page will give you info that includes:

  • About the Trade: with information provided by the BC Industry Training Authority, the national Red Seal program, and BC WorkFutures (with details on working conditions, main duties and career paths).
  • About the Training: where you can find approved training, along with info on grants and other financial assistance.
  • About the Union: find out what union you'll belong to and what it can do for you.

How to use the tool

It's easy. Just use the drop-downs to select a trade and region. You'll get the most results if you leave the region set to "Any".

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in transportation, construction, forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining and similar activities. This includes graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts and wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types.

These workers are employed by companies that own and operate heavy equipment, and by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments, railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

Heavy-duty mechanics must be comfortable working with delicate electronics as well as heavy, cumbersome mechanical linkages (i.e. bulldozer tracks), since heavy equipment also involves the use of micro-processor controls and high pressure hydraulics. Troubleshooting, mechanical ability, problem-solving and attention to detail are necessary skills for these workers.

About the Trade
About the Training
About the Union

Operating Engineers Training Plan
#300 - 4333 Ledger Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3T3
PHONE: (604) 299-7764
FAX: (604) 473-5237
EMAIL: [email protected]

Brad Randall, Administrator
EMAIL: [email protected]

Andy Johnson, Curriculum Coordinator
EMAIL: [email protected]

Jeff Gorham, Training Coordinator
EMAIL: [email protected]

Randy Grisewood, Training Coordinator
EMAIL: [email protected]

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