Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the standard, called the National Occupational Analysis for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Blocks, which are divided into Tasks, which are divided into sub-tasks.

The Red Seal exam has a certain number of questions assigned to these sections. The number of questions are provided below.

For more information, see the full National Occupational Analysis and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 521 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 135 questions

Block A - Common occupational skills - 11 questions

Task 1 Uses and maintains tools and equipment
3 questions
Task 2 Performs general maintenance and inspections
4 questions
Task 3 Organizes work
2 questions
Task 4 Performs routine trade activities
2 questions

Block B - Engines and engine support systems - 21 questions

Task 5 Diagnoses engines and engine support systems
12 questions
Task 6 Repairs engines and engine support systems
9 questions

Block C - Hydraulic, hydrostatic and pneumatic systems - 26 questions

Task 7 Diagnoses hydraulic, hydrostatic and pneumatic systems
16 questions
Task 8 Repairs hydraulic, hydrostatic and pneumatic systems
10 questions

Block D - Drivetrain systems - 18 questions

Task 9 Diagnoses drivetrain systems
11 questions
Task 10 Repairs drivetrain systems
7 questions

Block E - Steering, suspension, brake systems, wheel assemblies and undercarriage - 20 questions

Task 11 Diagnoses steering, suspension, brake systems, wheel assemblies and undercarriage
11 questions
Task 12 Repairs steering, suspension, brake systems, wheel assemblies and undercarriage
9 questions

Block F - Electrical and vehicle management systems - 24 questions

Task 13 Diagnoses electrical systems
8 questions
Task 14 Repairs electrical systems
4 questions
Task 15 Diagnoses electronic vehicle management systems
8 questions
Task 16 Repairs electronic vehicle management systems
4 questions

Block G - Environmental control systems - 8 questions

Task 17 Diagnoses environmental control systems
5 questions
Task 18 Repairs environmental control systems
3 questions

Block H - Structural components, accessories and attachments - 7 questions

Task 19 Diagnoses structural components, accessories and attachments
3 questions
Task 20 Repairs structural components, accessories and attachments
4 questions

For more information about exam preparation materials (textbooks, modules, etc.) contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.

*Number of questions assigned are derived from the input from people in this trade from across Canada.