Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle)

These tradespeople are responsible for keeping industrial, commercial and transportation equipment in good repair and running order. To do so, they perform routine maintenance and diagnostics and fit or machine new parts as necessary. These occupations include: construction millwrights (industrial mechanics), heavy-duty equipment mechanics, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, railway car people, aircraft mechanics, aircraft inspectors, machine fitters, and elevator constructors and mechanics.


  • Education requirements for these trades usually include some high school or a high school diploma.
  • Most machinery and transportation mechanics have completed an apprenticeship program and trade certification is mandatory in the Northwest Territories.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will continue to be impacted by natural resource development in the NWT. As a result there will be high employment levels during these projects. Most of these jobs will be medium-term, and fall slightly over the long term.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 5.8% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 73.9% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 18.2% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 7.9% live in other communities. About 36.3% are employed in the Transportation and Warehousing industry and 24.2% in the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector.