Woodworking Machinery (EDMONTON, AB)

Reporting to the Service Coordinator, the Service Technician will be responsible for starting up, training and servicing particular lines of new and used machinery for Akhurst customers located in the province of Alberta.  In this role you will act as an expert of equipment repair, providing day-to-day support and project leadership to ensure our customer’s machinery is functioning optimally. Servicing equipment will involve reviewing service calls and using your strong diagnostic skills to assess the extent of the problem, requisitioning the necessary parts and then repairing the customer’s machine in an efficient and timely manner. Obtaining and maintaining the necessary training to become a service expert in the company’s offered line of machinery will be critical to your role as a solution provider.  You will be in constant contact with customers through visits, phone and written communication.

Beyond ongoing service requirements, you will play an important role in expanding our company’s reputation as a preferred supplier.  Instrumental in identifying and proactively finding solutions for new and existing customers through our service/product offerings, your opportunities to represent our company will include the following:  professionally demonstrating our machine’s capabilities, training customers in the safe and efficient operation of machinery, working to develop new leads and recording progress in our CRM database, participating in open houses / industry trade shows and association functions.

The successful candidate will be a high energy, self-motivated and outgoing professional with a take-charge attitude and a desire to work in a challenging environment.  The individual must be able to travel, although not a large part of the job, something this person must be able to do in order to look after our customers.

How you will be successful as Akhurst’s Service Technician:

  • Assemble, install equipment as necessary
  • Machine start up and customer training
  • Upgrade and repair machinery
  • Instruct customers on applications, machine operation, maintenance and safety at customers’ locations
  • Servicing customer’s machinery in an efficient and timely manner
  • Follow all safety requirements/guidelines
  • Obtain the necessary technical knowledge in the company’s line of machinery by attending scheduled training sessions or sourcing information on own initiative
  • Completing customer work order/installation feedback reports in an accurate and timely manner
  • Communicating customer issues to service coordinator and liaising with manufacturers in a timely fashion
  • Order and return parts as necessary ensuring compliance with company’s guidelines
  • Any other related tasks as assigned

As the ideal candidate:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as machine equipment service technician
  • Post graduate certification from a recognized institution
  • Strong knowledge and experience in machinery electrics, electronics, PLC’s, servo controls and pneumatics
  • Strong mechanical ability
  • CNC controlled machinery experience is an asset
  • Customer service oriented
  • Organized, with high level of proficiency, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to prioritize, multi-task and think ahead – anticipating the needs of the customer
  • Ability to take the initiative and proactive approach, combined with exceptional follow-up skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines for critical tasks.
  • Highly motivated and energetic, with a positive attitude and a pleasant and calm demeanor
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Motivation to learn
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good computer skills including Microsoft Office.

Why you should work for Akhurst:

  • Our core values are family, integrity and teamwork: FIT. We reflect our values through our daily behaviours.  Our actions build trust, creating a safe environment for people to show initiative, encouraging communication that is direct, open and respectful. We invite diverse thinking and work collaboratively, recognizing that once decisions are made, they are respected and acted upon;
  • We offer a pleasant work environment and our employees are highly engaged;
  • We invest in our people by providing the training necessary for employees to successfully perform their responsibilities and develop to meet their career goals; and
  • We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits plan, including RRSP and profit sharing.

About Akhurst:

Akhurst Machinery Limited is a family-owned business that has been serving the woodworking, machine tool and sawmill industries for eight decades. Akhurst provides its customers with quality products from manufacturers around the world and backs up its products with its highly trained service department. Akhurst is Canada’s largest national distributor of machinery with 5 branches across Canada and a sales office in the US. Our mission is to enhance customer profitability by providing effective machinery solutions and support.


If you match the ideal candidate description and are interested in this position, please apply by June 28, 2019.  We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest in working with Akhurst Machinery.  We will contact only those being considered for the position

Please forward your resume to
Ren Jethi, CPHR
[email protected]