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Apprenticeship

Agricultural Equipment Technician

Agricultural equipment technicians repair, overhaul and maintain agricultural equipment including tractors, tillage equipment, seeding equipment and harvesting equipment.

Also Known As

Agricultural Mechanic, Equipment and Appliance Service Trades, Farm Equipment Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics (7312) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics (H412) 
  • 2011 NOC: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (7312) 
  • 2016 NOC: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (7312) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
2006 NOC : 7312

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with hand and power tools to adjust equipment and repair and replace defective parts, components and systems

METHODICAL

Interest in cleaning, lubricating and performing other routine maintenance work, and in servicing attachments and working tools such as harvesting and tillage equipment, blades, ploughs, winches and side booms

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing to diagnose faults and malfunctions, using computerized and other testing equipment, to determine extent of repair required

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Duties vary from one position to another but, in general, agricultural equipment technicians:

  • Service and repair the engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems, and electronic systems of agricultural equipment
  • Discuss equipment operation with owners to pinpoint problems, including a visual check, listening to machinery in operation, and using diagnosing equipment
  • Take defective units apart and repair or replace broken, worn-out or faulty parts
  • Reassemble, adjust, lubricate and test repaired units
  • Assemble and adjust new agricultural equipment

Technicians may specialize in service and repair of fuel injection pumps and injectors, engine overhaul, hydraulic systems, power shift transmissions or specific types of equipment (for example, combines, forage harvesters, tractors). They may also install precision farm technologies such as automated steering systems.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Agricultural equipment technicians may work in fully equipped service centres or they may travel to farms to make service calls. Hours of work vary from regular hours during the winter to long and essential hours during planting and harvesting seasons.

Agricultural equipment technicians routinely handle heavy machine parts.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Agricultural equipment technicians need:

  • Mechanical ability
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • The strength to lift heavy machine parts
  • The ability to comprehend technical information
  • The ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Interpersonal skills for working with others
  • Math and computer skills

They should enjoy working with their hands and diagnosing complex mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
NOC code: 7312

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Apr 28, 2022 and May 26, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts
Test repaired equipment for proper performance and to ensure that work meets manufacturers' specifications
Troubleshoot and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions
Diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair required
Clean, lubricate and perform other maintenance work
Service attachments and working tools
Keep maintenance reports and documentation
Verify and repair emission control systems
Health benefits: Health care plan
Health benefits: Dental plan
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship

Apprentices need experience in the agriculture industry and must keep up to date with new developments in the agricultural equipment field. They need to have a valid driver’s license.

To work in Alberta, an agricultural equipment technician must be ONE of the following:

  • A registered apprentice
  • An Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate
  • Someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • Self-employed

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train them. They must also meet ONE of the following:

  • Have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10, or equivalent
  • Have a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
  • Pass an entrance exam

The term of apprenticeship is 4 years (four 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

Agricultural equipment technician apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Catalogue.


To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Agricultural Equipment Technician

Agricultural equipment technicians repair, overhaul and maintain agricultural equipment including tractors, tillage equipment, seeding equipment and harvesting equipment. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Agricultural Equipment Technician Trade Regulation [pdf], you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Agricultural Equipment Technician.

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Most agricultural equipment technicians are employed by retail agricultural equipment dealerships.

Where a number of technicians are employed by one business, experienced agricultural equipment technicians may advance to supervisory positions.

Agricultural equipment technicians can move into sales positions or become manufacturer’s service representatives. Individuals with business and administrative skills may move into management positions with a company or purchase an agricultural equipment dealership.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 7312: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics occupational group, 78.8% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 7312: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 272 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Journeyperson agricultural equipment technicians wage rates vary but generally range from $30 to $45 an hour plus benefits (2019 estimates) depending on the region. Apprentices earn at least 60% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 70% in the second, 80% in the third and 90% in the fourth.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

2016 NOC : 7312
Average Wage
$38.92
Per Hour
Average Salary
$82,864.00
Per Year
Average Hours
41.7
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.9
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7312 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $46.87 $29.78 $28.85
Overall $27.00 $51.47 $38.92 $40.00
Top $34.50 $57.95 $46.27 $45.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Mining
Public Administration
Construction
Manufacturing
Forestry, Logging, Fishing and Hunting
ALL INDUSTRIES
Wholesale Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Retail Trade
Oil & Gas Extraction
Agriculture

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

55%
55%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

47%
47%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

10%
10%

Vacancy Rate

3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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