Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics – NOC 7312 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people currently working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people within the occupation as of the week of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7 2016 when the unemployment rate in SDG was 5.8%


of People Working in this Occupation

35.7% of the workforce has a College, CEGEP or non-university certificate or diploma.

46.4% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate.

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

42.4% of the workforce is age 45 to 64.

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

30% of heavy-duty equipment mechanics work in both of the Wholesale Trade and Other Services sectors.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is good. Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions. Several positions will become available due to retirements. There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 5.1%-6%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • The number of businesses operating in the Transportation and Warehousing has grown since 2012.
  • The industry is comprised primarily of small businesses. 83% of Transport Truck businesses employ four people or less.
  • Employment Outlook for Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics in the Ottawa Economic Region is good.  An aging workforce locally should create employment demand.
  • Job prospects for heavy-duty equipment mechanics are susceptible to fluctuations in the economy. As such, this occupation suffered significant employment losses during the recession, with employment insurance claims reaching unprecedented levels. Since then, unemployment levels in this occupation have returned to about normal, which can be partially attributed to increases in highway and road construction. Upcoming infrastructure investments in Ontario should also increase the demand for heavy equipment mechanics.
  • The need to replace workers who retire should create a number of openings in this occupation. There is a high rate of unionization in this occupation which can lead to earlier retirement, potentially generating more openings for job seekers. Heavy-duty equipment mechanics are increasingly required to work with computerized machinery, resulting in more favourable prospects for workers with these skills.
  • For more information directly from local employers about this occupation, click on Transportation & Warehousing Services Sector.