Powered Lift Truck Technician

Powered Lift Truck Technician Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade Trade Code 282E
NOC 7334


  • Troubleshoot and repair engines
  • Troubleshoot and repair fuel systems (gas, propane, dual fuel, diesel)
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical systems and electrical vehicle control systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair vehicle power trains (powershift transmissions, torque converters, pumps and linkages)
  • Troubleshoot and repair brake systems, steering systems, hydraulic systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair masts and systems

Personal Qualities

  • You will work indoors with grease, oil, gasoline and propane
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and are able to bend and straighten frequently
  • You are not bothered by standing on concrete all day
  • You have and use physical strength on the job
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You will make an investment in tools
  • You like working with computerized equipment
  • You may have to fix lift trucks at various work site locations

Career Opportunities

  • Powered lift truck technicians for the most part are employed by small or medium sized companies
  • Powered lift truck technicians may have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 6,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 7,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Information not available at this time, contact Employment Ontario at 905 837-7721 or 1-800-461-4608

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices may start at minimum wage or according to individual company rates and progress along the company’s wage scale over time
  • Wages 1 generally range from $10.28 to $20.84 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2009 2
  • Most tradespersons work full time for a single employer

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction