Canal Equipment Mechanic

Repair and maintain gates and other structures of irrigation canals.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Canal Equipment Mechanics do?

Repairs and maintains gates and other structures of irrigation canals, using handtools, power tools, and welding equipment: Disassembles gate-moving gear at dam sites to remove worn or damaged gate cable, using mechanics’ handtools. Slides fitting over new cable and pours molten zinc over fitting to secure fitting to cable. Threads cable around drum of gate lifting apparatus and bolts fitting to gate. Welds broken parts of gates and other dam structures. Builds scaffolding and working platforms, using handtools. Sandblasts old paint and corrosion from gates. Paints gates, using spray gun. Lubricates gear trains, gear boxes, cables, and other fittings, using hand grease gun. Mixes concrete and repairs or constructs wells and pumps, using jackhammer, air drill, and water pump. Constructs and repairs structural and mechanical parts of checks, turnouts, and wasteways along canals. May repair and maintain inland waterway structures and equipment and be designated Lock-And-Dam Equipment Repairer.

Should I be a Canal Equipment Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Farm Equipment Mechanic Apprentice, Foundry Equipment Mechanic, Printing-Equipment Mechanic, X Ray Equipment Mechanic

    How to become a Canal Equipment Mechanic

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