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Heavy Duty Mechanic

The Heavy Duty Mechanic (HDM) position is ideal for those who like to split their time between working in a shop and out in the field. You should also have excellent hand eye coordination coupled with good organizational and computer skills. HDMs are broken down into two categories: Shop HDMs and Field HDMs. Field positions are typically, but not exclusively, required during the spring and summer months.

Specific Responsibilities:

Shop HDMs

  • Perform major repairs to equipment and components.
  • Work as a part of team to complete repairs on time and on budget.
  • Inspect and determine required repairs, develop repair schedule, order parts and resources and perform and document repairs once completed.
  • Conduct tests on repaired equipment to ensure it is operating safely.
  • Have an aptitude for troubleshooting systems such as hydraulics, electrical, electronic, drive train components, diesel and gas engines.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics and material take offs.
  • Be skilled in the areas of welding and machining.
  • Use measuring devices and understand visual displays.
  • Always work safely!

Field HDMs

  • Provide service support to equipment while working on the track.
  • Coach and assist operators with daily inspections and maintenance.
  • Monitor performance of equipment to maintenance requirements and perform repairs in a prompt and efficient manner.
  • Operate repair trucks
  • Good knowledge of and ability to troubleshoot systems such as hydraulics, electrical, electronic, drive train components, diesel and gas engines.
  • Read blueprints, schematics and material take offs.
  • Be skilled in the areas of welding and machining.
  • Use measuring devices and understand visual displays.
  • Always work safely!

Typical Working Conditions and Hours:

  • Think of the railway as an emergency service, like police or ambulance – they operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a HDM, you will not work a typical “9 to 5 shift”. You will work irregular hours and must be available to work weekends and holidays when needed.
  • Requires excellent physical health and conditioning as you will frequently lift weights up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift up to 100 pounds.
  • You will work outdoors and in all kinds of weather conditions, with regular exposure to dust, pollen, noise and vibrations.
  • Field HDMs typically work away from home and are provided with a Living Allowance.
  • Substantial overtime is required for both Field and Shop HDMs.
  • May need a valid drivers license.
  • Must pass CROR (Canadian Rail Operating Rules)
  • Inter provincial HDM or Millwright ticket – to learn more click here.

Salary:

The average yearly salary for this position is $45,000 - $55,000.






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