Heavy Equipment Mechanic wage

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ben
February 5th, 2011 4:03am
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Several people insist on taking low wages as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. I have worked both shop and field service for over 15 years. A good journey level mechanic should make between 22.00 and 35.00 an hour. I know some rural areas like to pay less, but that's because you allow them to pay less. In rural area, 22.00 should be the bottom for a good journeyman. I got called out to a company recently to service a loader with weak hydraulics, the foreman said there mechanic was out on medical leave. He had hurt his back doing heads on an engine. After conversation for a while I found out that he only pays his 8 year veteran Heavy Equipment Mechanic 12.00 an hour. How much is your expertise and your back worth??



Turn them down if the wage is not right. Tell me your thoughts and what are they paying in your area?
fred-malahoff
February 5th, 2011 5:48am
Howdy your back is priceless,and as far the wage goes thats a differnt story a journenyman depending on level of experiance is worth a minimum of at least 30.00 per hr no exceptions! and if of senior level 40 per hr.We didnt go to school for four years and get our asses kicked on a daily basis for some PRICK trying to get free labour.Stand your ground get your well deserved pay.
ben
February 5th, 2011 8:38am
I have found that areas that are suffering ie. forestry, companies are really low balling their wages, i have had offers never topping 25 an hour, and no overtime. A lot of them are using construction hours so you have to work even more hours before overtime. I agree turn them down, they will get what they pay for, and I will take the service calls. I work in a dealership for a reason. The wages are at industry standards and the training is kept up with technology.
fred-malahoff
February 5th, 2011 8:48am
God bless ya mark22
will-tilley
February 20th, 2011 6:49pm
Well fredmalahoff I agree with you one hundred percent.I work in the real world unfortunetely here on the east coast of Canada.The wage here if you can get it is less than $30.00 and that is top wage.The John Deere dealership is probally the best paying but capped on 40 hours per week.Toromont Cat here went on strike for over a year to get equal pay as their counterparts in Ontario to no avail,I guess the cats are easier to fix when they get to the rock.The excuse was the cost of living here is lower-bullcrap-everything has to be trucked in and that drives up the cost of everything.The department of transportation here pays around $22.00 and I get that at a local construction company and I have three journeyman certificates.Sure I could get a lot more money if I move to fort mac but I grew up here and my kids are growing up here too-the price of staying here.Good luck if you can get the wage you are looking for.
fred-malahoff
February 24th, 2011 8:59am
well that makes perfect sense i would not want to go up there as well.I spent five years in the mac its not all what every body thinks if lucky you can get camp work but if not rent is about 800 per month for a room or if you want to buy be ready to pay aprox 450.000 to 600.000 for a house or condo/duplex i make almost the same down south of fort mac and dont miss the money at all.good luck and best wishes to your family.

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