Rising global demand for heavy duty mechanics has created a shortage of workers.
With demand outstripping supply in some countries, including Canada, Australia, and the U.S., trained heavy duty mechanics have excellent employment prospects and earn high salaries.
Heavy duty and commercial transport technicians work in a variety of settings, for companies servicing equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, agriculture or transportation. They may work in a shop, but may also service equipment in the field, sometimes in remote locations.
UFV's Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program is designed to prepare you to diagnose, service, and repair heavy mobile equipment wherever it is used. In our well-equipped facility, under the supervision of knowledgeable instructors, you learn to service gas and diesel engines and related equipment, including transmissions and hydraulics, as well as electronic and electrical systems.
The UFV Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program prepares you to enter the provincial apprenticeship program, or move directly into employment.
Heavy equipment is indispensable to construction, logging, farming, surface mining, oil and gas, and other industrial activities. In the last eight years, the upswing in resource exploitation has resulted in a global shortage of heavy duty mechanics.
The problem is compounded by the retirement of older workers, leaving employers desperate to find qualified candidates to maintain or repair heavy duty equipment.
With the construction of three new liquefied natural gas facilities and eight new mines planned by 2020 in British Columbia, investment in the resource sector could reach $100 billion over the next 8 years. In consequence, employment and salary prospects for heavy duty and commercial transport mechanics will remain well above average.