Heavy Equipment Mechanic Apprentice

Date: Jan 3, 2023

Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia, CA

Company: RailWorks

Job ID: 16590 

PNR RailWorks is the leading subcontractor in new rail construction and rail maintenance in Canada, covering projects from new track construction, maintenance to large signalling upgrade projects. With the rail industry continuing to grow, we are looking for experienced individuals in the electrical and civil construction fields.


Wage: $25+/Hour


Position Summary

Reporting to the Equipment Manager/Shop Foreman, the Apprentice performs duties and tasks related to the preventative and corrective maintenance of specialized railway construction equipment and other related construction equipment and vehicles.


Primary/Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of all systems associated with work equipment (mechanical, electrical and hydraulic)
  • Work from blueprints, service manuals and schematic drawings
  • Conduct inspections and tests, repair or replace parts with limited resources in remote locations outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • Evaluate parts for reuse, repair or replacement
  • Use of cutting torches and welder to perform various fabrication tasks, willing to use both stick and mig welding applications
  • Use various hand and power hand tools
  • Operates equipment such as overhead or mobile cranes and forklifts to assist in assignments
  • Diagnose equipment problems and take corrective action in order to minimize the impact on crew production
  • Adapts to new methods, processes, material and equipment
  • Prepare and submit equipment maintenance records, time sheets, etc.
  • Follows prescribed safety procedures including the use of safety clothing and equipment
  • Ensures cleanliness and organization of shop, maintenance of shop tools and equipment, loading/unloading and storage of equipment, etc.
  • Working on heavy duty equipment such as Excavators and Backhoes
  • Assists other Heavy Duty Mechanics when needed



  • Mechanic Apprentice
  • Previous field service experience
  • Previous rail experience, an asset
  • Own tools required
  • A safety-oriented work ethic supported by experience within the labour industry
  • The ability to follow instructions, rules and regulations is essential
  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work as a valuable member of a team
  • Hydraulic & Electrical trouble shooting and repair background
  • Knowledge of Hydraulic & Electrical components and systems
  • Please note our office is in Guelph but the majority of our service work is in the GTA.


Physical Requirements:

  • Works both outdoors at construction sites and in the shop
  • Frequently stands, walks, climbs, balances, lifts, bends, and moves objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Exposed to all weather conditions including very hot and very cold weather.
  • Exposed to live track/trains and high voltage.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts
  • Working with multiples tools
  • Comfortable sitting for an extended period of time traveling to the job site



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with PNR RailWorks without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.