James traded his erratic hours
as a derrick hand for the Heavy Duty Mechanic program at Grande Prairie Regional College. Now he's following his father and grandfather's footsteps as a heavy duty mechanic, a career that will allow him to watch his own kid grow up.
Heavy Duty Mechanics maintain, repair, and overhaul heavy vehicles and industrial equipment. Maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment may include internal combustion engines, tracked equipment, rubber-tired equipment, or other off-highway vehicles.
Ideal for people who...
- Have strength and stamina
- Can work alone or with others
- Enjoy a mechanical aptitude
- Have an interest in all types of machinery and engines, electronics, and precision equipment
Potential career paths include:
- Technician in a specialized repair shop
- Technician with a company who owns or leases heavy equipment
- Supervisor or service manager