I chose the career Heavy duty mechanic. A Heavy Equipment Technician is an interprovincial Red Seal trade. As a technician, you will maintain, repair, and overhaul transport vehicles and heavy equipment, both towed and self-propelled. Technicians may specialize in engine, transmission or drive train overhaul, hydraulic controls, electrical/electronic diagnostics, air conditioning repair and fuel injection servicing. The working environment is very diverse and may include employment at a variety of industries such as: construction, oil field support, forestry, mining, marine, on-highway transportation trucks, public utilities, gas compression, agriculture or any other industry that relies on heavy equipment or diesel engines.
The hourly wage for a heavy duty mechanic in British Columbia
Or if I were to get a job anywhere around Canada I could make: (wages in 2014)
The Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprenticeship requires time learning on the job and in the classroom. A Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic trainee must complete a four-year program including 6000 workplace hours and 720 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on exams will result in the ITA Certificate of Qualification (Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic), Certificate of Apprenticeship and the Inter-Provincial Red Seal Endorsement.
I would attend BCIT for my in school hours and apprentice program in the lower mainland for the workplace hours. For entry into the program you would need a Grade 10 education, grade 10 English, grade 10 math.
I chose this job because I like big machines and I would like to learn to fix them plus the money isn't bad.
JOB PROSPECTS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS