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  • A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


Full Time, Permanent

As a Shipyard Heavy Equipment Mechanic, your primary objective is to contribute to the reliable operation and maintenance of heavy equipment within the shipyard, ensuring that cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, and other specialized machinery operate efficiently during shipbuilding, repair, and maintenance activities. Your expertise in heavy equipment mechanics, diagnostic skills, and commitment to safety will play a crucial role in minimizing downtime and supporting the overall success of shipyard operations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct routine maintenance, inspections, and repairs on a variety of heavy equipment, including cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, excavators, and company vehicles, to ensure optimal performance and reliability;

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic issues in heavy equipment, utilizing advanced diagnostic tools and techniques to identify and rectify problems promptly;

  • Implement and adhere to preventative maintenance programs for heavy equipment, scheduling routine checks, lubrication, and replacements to prevent breakdowns and extend the lifespan of the machinery;

  • Identify, order, and replace damaged or worn-out parts, ensuring compatibility, quality, and adherence to equipment specifications;

  • Conduct post-repair testing and inspections to ensure that heavy equipment meets or exceed operational standards and safety requirements;

  • Maintain accurate records of maintenance activities, repairs, parts, replacements, and equipment testing, contributing to the development of a comprehensive maintenance history for shipyard heavy equipment;

  • Work closely with shipyard project managers, equipment operators, and other maintenance professionals to coordinate repairs, schedule maintenance, and contribute to the overall efficiency of shipyard operations;

  • Work in multiple environments from an indoor facility to outside spaces with exposure to all elements;

  • Keep the work site as a safe and clean environment to work in;

  • Comply with A.F Theriault & Son Ltd. Policies and procedures and Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.  Follow safety protocols and maintain, use and wear all personal protective equipment (PPE) applicable to the area you will be in or the operation or task you are about to conduct to prevent accidents.  Ensure potential health and safety hazards are corrected or brought to the attention of Management and/or Health and Safety Committee in order to prevent accidents in the workplace;

  • Perform other duties as required;

  • Ensure that materials on jobs in hand are being correctly charged to the proper job numbers, activity codes and/or others;

  • Willing to work overtime and weekends as needed to complete project deadlines;

  • Willing to go to apprenticeship training if applicable;

  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts.


  • Proven experience as a Heavy Equipment Operator an asset;

  • Proficiency in diagnosing and repairing mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems of heavy equipment;

  • Knowledge of heavy equipment safety protocols, load capacities, and operational guidelines;

  • Be trustworthy, dependable and confident, have a positive attitude, have good judgement and be a role model for others;

  • Be able to work in a team environment;

  • Be able to read/understand blueprints and/or drawings;

  • Be conscientious in their work (attention to detail);

  • Be able to communicate in either English or French;

  • Be able to effectively manage his/her time and prioritize work as requires; and

  • Be able to work overtime hours as required.


Company Pension Matching

Through our pension matching program, we assist our employees in building a stronger foundation for their retirement.

Dental and Vision Care

Keep your teeth healthy and your eyes sharp with comprehensive vision and dental coverage.

Disability Insurance

Life is unpredictable, and we recognize that unexpected events can impact your ability to work.

Extended Health Care

We offer access to Health insurance to keep you feeling great.

Life Insurance

We understand that life is a journey filled with uncertainties, and it's essential to plan for the well-being of your loved ones.

On-Site Parking

With ample and secure on-site parking, you can say goodbye to the time-consuming search for a parking spot and the worry of finding a safe place for your vehicle.

Store Discount

Our most famous benefit, every Employee gets a 15% exclusive in-store discount.


Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm

Supplemental pay types:

• Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

• Meteghan River, NS: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Address 1 D’Entremont Road, P. O. Box 10, Meteghan River, Nova Scotia, B0W 2L0

About Us A. F. Theriault & Son Ltd. is a Canadian boatyard based in Meteghan, Nova Scotia. One of the largest private boatyards in Atlantic Canada, our modern and well-equipped facility can produce monohull or catamaran vessels in fiberglass, steel, aluminum or advanced composites. A.F. Theriault places a strong emphasis on construction quality, safety and stability of all boats, builds and repairs. We pride ourselves not only on our expertise in crafting state-of-the-art vessels but also on our commitment to excellence in shipyard repairs, ensuring the longevity and seaworthiness of both our new builds and existing maritime assets.

How To Apply:

You can drop off your resume directly at the shipyard or email

Speak with the employer

+1 902 645-2327

We thank everyone for their submission. Selected candidate(s) will be contacted for an interview.


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