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Vancouver Airport Authority

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Apprentice

Location Vancouver, Canada Job Code 23-212

YVR is a place of connection, bringing together people, places and cargo while ensuring a safe and efficient experience for everyone. The purpose of Facilities Maintenance is to ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of buildings, equipment, and systems to support the smooth functioning of airport operations. The department’s success lies in its ability to proactively identify and address maintenance needs, prioritize tasks, and provide timely and effective solutions, thereby minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity.

Position overview 

As a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Apprentice, you will work as part of a dynamic multi-trade team, gaining hands-on experience and technical skills in repairing and maintaining heavy-duty equipment. With opportunities to collaborate with skilled professionals, you will contribute to the efficient operation of various machinery and vehicles, while honing your expertise in diagnosing issues, conducting repairs, and ensuring the safety and reliability of the equipment. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Diagnose, repair, adjust, overhaul, maintain, operate and test heavy duty machinery in use by the Vancouver Airport Authority which includes, but is not limited to: emergency response vehicles, fire trucks, heavy trucks, runway/apron sweepers, tractors, graders, loaders, excavators and backhoes, plows and forklifts, and miscellaneous ancillary equipment and accessories

Key qualifications include:

  • Red seal certification as an automotive service technician, supplemented by at least three years of related journeyperson experience
  • Ability to work in a team environment that includes a rotating dayshift, as well as independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to make safety a top priority
  • Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license, preference will be given to those with a Class 1, 2, or 3 license

The required hours of work are 40 hours per week, based on a rotational shift schedule.

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external candidates. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position.

Salary Range : $72,544 to $94,811 per annum, based on 40-hour work week. This is individually tailored to reflect your unique experience, qualifications and internal equity.

At YVR, your work experience goes beyond the paycheck. We support your personal and professional development, well-being, and a thriving work culture with generous vacation days, extensive health benefits, retirement savings matching, wellness programs, community engagement, commuting support, and continuous learning opportunities. Learn more at

Please note that availability may vary based on employment type and is subject to certain eligibility requirements and potential changes by YVR.

Who We Are

YVR is more than just an airport. We connect our beautiful province and all it has to offer to the world. We are all leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, so no matter the department or team you’re a part of, the work you do matters.

At YVR, we are flexible in everything we do. We will work together to find ways to deliver customer excellence that helps us all thrive.

Whatever your background and wherever you’re from, you belong at YVR. If you have any questions about accessibility or require any assistance applying, please reach out at

Meet Some Team Members

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I love working at YVR primarily because of the people. YVR is constantly changing and striving for excellence. Everyone matters and it is so cool to work with this diverse group who really want to make a difference in how we support our customers and our community.

Jocelyn D.Member since 2022
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I love my job because my colleagues care about me as a person and appreciate the value I provide to my teams and the workplace. It’s also exciting for me because YVR is always changing and evolving, so I get front row seats in watching how we are constantly navigating and innovating. Every day is different at YVR and it is a constant adventure.

Jenny R.Member since 2015
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I’m proud that the work I do contributes to a better experience for travellers at YVR. I maintain and repair YVR’s state-of-the-art baggage systems at Canada’s second busiest airport – it’s a fast-paced environment with the latest technology and equipment. Baggage Maintenance Operations is a team sport and I’m honoured to say that I’m part of this team.

Dalbir T.Member since 2007
Vancouver Airport Authority


YVR is more than just an airport. We are leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, at the forefront doing the right thing and doing it well. We have been voted the Best Airport in North America for 12 consecutive years – an honour that’s attributed to the ongoing contributions from the best teams and partners. Join us at YVR to see what this means for you.

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YVR continually invests in our people to offer what you and your loved ones need so you can just thrive at work and in your community.

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We are committed to maintaining a learning culture – one that empowers and helps you grow your career within YVR. Along the way, we’ll celebrate both the small and big wins and work through every new opportunity together to help you get to where you want to be.

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