What does a Powered Lift Truck Technician (282E) do?

Powered Lift Truck Technicians diagnose problems, troubleshoot, tune up, fix, and repair lift truck engines and their components and systems.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Acquiring practical knowledge about acts, regulations, and safety standards that apply to vehicle safety inspections, emissions tests, and repair/replacement of defective powered lift truck parts
  • Interpreting and applying information from service bulletins, manuals and parts catalogues, microfiche, and computerized information systems; ensuring repairs are performed according to manufacturer specifications
  • Visually inspecting and assessing system types; looking for defects; testing and analyzing vehicle performance and function
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting, servicing, and repairing parts including batteries, ignition systems, electric motors, engines and engine lubricating systems, electrical and electronically controlled systems, clutch systems, suspension systems, cooling systems, and fuel delivery systems including diesel and natural gas
  • Selecting and correctly using tools to perform engine tune ups; repairing manual transmissions and components, automatic and hydrostatic transmission systems and drive shafts, drive axles, and differential assemblies
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing manual and power steering systems and components and mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic braking systems and their components
  • Maintaining, diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing lifting systems and their components, tires, wheels, frame, and cab systems/components
  • Verifying all repairs for effectiveness
  • Conducting final inspections to ensure all work completed to meet customer needs and company standards
  • Preparing cost estimates, parts requisitions, and work plans
  • Effectively communicating with customers and service managers about scope of problems and cost of repairs
  • Reading manuals and consulting with manufacturers to confirm component/system specifications

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math, science, and English credits an asset
  • OYAP, co-op, or technical credits in automotive/truck or mechanics would be helpful
  • Completion of 7,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Powered Lift Truck Technician (282E)?

  • Standard 40-hour work week with possibility of shift, evening, or weekend work
  • Work can be outdoors or in shop environment; may need to travel to various worksites
  • Employers include equipment service shops or dealerships, lift truck sales and rental companies, and material handling companies; self-employment may also be an option

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn up to $25.00 per hour.


Powered Lift Truck Technician (282E)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
Do you have good reading, writing, mathematical, physics, measuring and problem-solving skills?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Do you have excellent communication skills?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Powered Lift Truck Technician (282E) may be for you!

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