These comments apply to the career group Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle), which includes Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics.
Employment opportunities will arise primarily from positions left vacant by mechanics who retire and, to a lesser extent, from employment increase. Other openings will become available as a result of turnover. Progression to automotive service technician and truck and bus mechanic positions (NOC 7321) or supervisory and management positions is possible with experience in this occupational group.
The number of job openings resulting from economic growth will be fewer than during the 1999-2008 period. Because of the recession, which deeply affected the United States economy, Canada's largest trade partner, growth in the transportation industry will not be as strong over the 2011-2020 period. Moreover, the difficulties experienced in the manufacturing sector are expected to continue, which will lead to a decrease in demand for shipping and machinery repair. The majority of job seekers will be new graduates. It must also be noted that workers from other occupations will represent a major source of labour supply in this occupation. The favourable job perspectives and competitive wages in this occupation will attract skilled and experienced workers from other occupations.
Job Seekers: 75,688
Job Openings: 77,588
Job prospects for this career are rated Fair