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Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship program

Reference number: DND22J-085996-000003
Selection process number: 22-DND-EA-NAST-494403
National Defence
Wainwright (Alberta)
$17.15 to $31.55 per hour

For further information on the organization, please visit National Defence

Closing date: 26 October 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

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You are a highly motivated individuals who has a keen interest in mechanics. The DND Maintenance Apprenticeship Program, in conjunction with Lakeland College, will offer students a 4 years development opportunity in an indeterminate position with the opportunity to access higher level position once fully qualified.

Successful candidates will learn the trade and develop their skills by working on various type of military vehicles.

- Competitive wages
- Full salary even while attending trade school
- Paid tuition and associated costs
- Mentorship by qualified and skilled trades persons

How does this work❔

Step 1: We want to learn about you! Click “Apply online”. Submit a detailed resume and answer some screening questions in the online application. Please be thorough in your responses!

Step 2: Matching! We will carefully review all of your qualifications. If your talent matches our needs we may contact you for further information or assessment.

Work environment

👥 Together, DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) form the LARGEST and most COMPLEX organization in Canada. DND's role is to provide services and support to the CAF in their operations and missions at home and abroad. DND and the CAF work side-by-side to fulfill the Government of Canada’s mission to defend Canada and Canadians and contribute to international peace, security and stability efforts.
What do we offer❔

🍁 At DND we foster a work environment where employees have opportunities to grow, learn, progress in their careers and have job satisfaction over the long-term. You’ll enjoy:

✅A career among a dynamic and dedicated team;
✅ A diverse, respectful and inclusive work environment;
✅A total benefits package including a competitive salary, health & dental insurance plans, pension plan and a variety of leave entitlements.
✨Come and Join us ❕✨

Intent of the process

The objective of this process is to staff four indeterminate positions.
A pool of partially qualified or qualified candidates may be established for temporary and permanent positions with various security levels, language profiles and locations.

Positions to be filled: 4

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


🔸 A secondary school diploma.


🔸 Currently enrolled in an AB Provincial Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship as recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training board.


🔸 Registered in an interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program for Heavy Equipment technician such as heavy duty equipment mechanic (off-road) or heavy equipment technician – truck and transport mechanic.

Degree equivalency

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


🔸 Successful completion of first, second or third year of schooling towards a Journeyperson Certification as an Auto/Heavy Duty/ Commercial Transport Mechanic.
🔸 Class 3 with Air Break Endorsement Driver’s License.
🔸 Standard First Aid certification.

Degree equivalency


🔸 Experience in the repair and maintenance of commercial diesel vehicles or heavy-duty equipment or vehicles.
🔸 Experience working or volunteering in a mixed civilian and military environment.


🔸 Knowledge of the basic principles of the repair, overhaul and maintenance of gasoline or diesel engines, manual, automatic and power shift transmissions and components of heavy equipment.
🔸 Knowledge of basic trouble-shooting techniques and practices.


🔸 Ability to locate, read, interpret, or apply technical information, i.e. service manuals, drawings, and related publications.
🔸 Ability to use and interpret mechanical or electrical test equipment.
🔸 Ability to detect and troubleshoot problems.
🔸 Ability to organize work to meet deadlines.

❗Additional qualifications may be required for some positions and you may be contacted and asked to submit information or be further assessed.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


🔸 Communication.
🔸 Working effectively with others.
🔸 Safety oriented.

❗Depending on the position being staffed:
- Additional qualifications may be added and deemed as either essential or asset
- Varying degrees of breadth and depth of experience may be deemed essential
- Equivalent qualifications may be considered

You may be contacted and asked to submit information or be further assessed.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

The Department of National Defence is committed to providing an environment where justice, fairness and the elimination of barriers helps build a skilled, diverse and representative workforce reflective of Canada. We welcome diversity in all its forms, promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply. Please note that preference for hiring will first be given to candidates who are members of the above mentioned designated groups.

In support of Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) initiative #24, consideration may be given to the spouses or common-law partners of CAF members.


🔸 Willingness and ability to work overtime
🔸 Willingness and ability to work in adverse conditions/environments which may include, but not limited to, confined spaces, heights, and extreme weather conditions.
🔸 Willingness and ability to perform physically demanding tasks including lifting and carrying up 25 kg, bending, climbing stairs and climbing into heavy equipment in compliance with safety regulations.
🔸 Willingness and ability to attend employer directed training.
🔸 Must possess and maintain a valid unrestricted provincial or territorial driver's license such as Class 5 License in Alberta.
🔸 Must be able to obtain and retain a DND 404 driver’s license

❗Depending upon the position to be staffed additional operational requirements may be added.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

🔸 Must be able to wear CSA approved safety footwear and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in compliance with safety regulations.
🔸 Must possess and maintain a valid unrestricted provincial or territorial driver's license such as Class 5 License in Alberta.
🔸 Must be able to obtain and retain a DND 404 driver’s license
🔸 Must be willing and able to successfully complete their Apprenticeship program within a 4year period.

❗Depending upon the position to be staffed additional conditions of employment may be added.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

↪ Top down selection may be used during any stage of the selection process.

↪ All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

↪ Assessment: You may be assessed using one or more of the following tools: application, interview(s), work sample and publications, performance appraisals, reference checks and interactions with internal staff during the process and personal knowledge.

↪ Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
✔ Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team;
✔ Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed;
✔ Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience;
✔ Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications;


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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