Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics – NOC 7312 SDG
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
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.
30% of heavy-duty equipment mechanics work in both of the Wholesale Trade and Other Services sectors.
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%
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.