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Without you, we’d be in the dark.

You enjoy working outside with your hands on a team that collaborates to get things done. You love the changing and challenging problem-solving work of a Vehicle and Utility Equipment Technician.  Through your education and recent experience, you’ve developed the insight to see how a job will unfold and the best way to get it done.

You’re the kind of person who believes that what you do is more than just a job – and you’re looking to be a part of a team that believes that, too.

Hydro Ottawa is that team.


The Vehicle and Utility Equipment Technician is responsible for performing competent cradle to grave maintenance (preventative and unscheduled) to all kinds of fleet vehicles up to 66,000 lbs., GVW and equipment including personnel elevating devices up to 80 feet in elevation and load lifting devices up to 30,000 lbs, (V&E).

As a trade professional, the Vehicle and Utility Equipment Technician is responsible to attain and maintain industry accepted competency levels that enable him/her to:

  • Diagnose technical operational problems;
  • Carry out necessary repairs effectively on a large variety of light and heavy-duty fleet vehicles and equipment including aerial devices;
  • Ensure the safety and security of all personnel using the equipment.

The vehicles and equipment that employees rely on in the field are critical to their safety and the reliability of the work they perform, therefore it is vital that these vehicles and related equipment be safe to operate/use. The Vehicle and Utility Equipment Technician has the responsibility and authority to determine the fitness of vehicles and equipment for their intended use and will be held accountable for such decisions.


The essential responsibilities of the job include but are not necessarily restricted to the following:

  • Ensure prompt and accurate diagnosis of operating faults by using a variety of highly sophisticated testing equipment such as computerized diagnostic testers, mechanical gauges, etc. and interpret results by referring to detailed service manuals, specification charts, wiring diagrams, manufacturers blueprints, service bulletins, Web-based manufacture database, etc.
  • Perform detailed inspections to fleet vehicles and equipment including aerial devices, requiring in depth knowledge of various systems such as mechanical, HVAC, hydraulic (air, oil, water), electrical, electronic, computerized, pneumatic, structural or any combination thereof.
  • Determine the appropriateness for continued service based on physical inspection, operator reports and observations or operating conditions.
  • Carry out complex and intricate repairs to all makes of vehicles and equipment including personnel elevating devices (bucket trucks, diggers, forklifts, cranes, etc.) by diagnosing, repairing, adjusting, replacing parts and components.
  • Prepare detailed cost estimates (with due considerations to economic considerations) for completing repairs, listing all replacement parts and sourcing parts from suppliers as may be required.
    Perform work in accordance with published labour time guides, to industry standards and act professionally at all times to instill confidence with the users.
  • Fabricate, modify, design parts, components and accessories as may be required.
  • Ensure that repairs to vehicles and equipment conforms to all applicable regulatory requirements and that the safety of operators and passengers on board as well as the public at large is safeguarded against motor vehicle or equipment related accidents due to inappropriate repairs.
  • Responsible and held accountable to confirm the mechanical fitness and compliance with regulations by signing various government inspection certificates, stickers, vehicle log books as inspection mechanic, etc.
  • Perform work, inspections and certifications to prevent serious injuries to Power Line Maintainers and other trades who utilize equipment in hazardous working situations.
  • Conduct road tests to ascertain drive ability problems and to confirm that repairs are performed effectively.
  • Understand and comply with all shop safety rules and regulations.
  • Provide equipment operational instructions to equipment operators (to improve awareness of proper operating techniques, operator safety and to minimize wear and tear on vehicles and equipment.
  • Approve the regulatory certifications on vehicles and equipment as defined under the Highway Traffic Act.
  • Assist the supervisor with various vehicle specifications for ordering new units for Hydro Ottawa
  • Diagnose operating problems, install, remove, etc., electronic devices, e.g., GPS.
  • Apply vehicle detailing and striping as well as minor and body repairs, refinishing and repainting.
  • Maintain an inventory of hand and power tools and keep the work area in a safe and orderly condition.


  • High School Diploma
  • Truck and Coach Technician Certificate (310T) combined with Utility Fleet Mechanic Certificate
  • Truck and Coach Technician Certificate (310T) combined with the ability to obtain Utility Fleet Mechanic Certificate within 30 months of hiring may substitute
  • Automotive Service Technician Certificate (310S) or ability to obtain within 30 months of hire
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a mechanic on both light and heavy-duty equipment within a fleet environment
  • Recent and relevant experience with complex hydraulic systems, air brake systems, electronic circuitry and computerized diagnostics
  • Experience working with insulated aerial device hydraulic systems is considered an asset.


  • English essential, both oral and written
  • Bilingual (English/French) considered an asset
  • Valid driver’s license – Class DZ

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