Heavy Duty

Welcome to the exciting world of repairing big machinery: bulldozers, graders, transport trucks, trailers, buses, cranes and mining equipment!

Heavy-duty mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment that is used in construction, transportation, forestry, mining, and more. Work in the heavy-duty field gives you the opportunity to work with delicate electronics and computer controlled large mechanical systems and high-pressure hydraulics.

To work in the heavy-duty industry, you should:

  • Have good analytical skills and some mechanical ability
  • Have a good observation skills and the ability to multitask
  • Be able to work independently or with a team

To become a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician there are two ways to start:

Heavy Duty Pathways

Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program

  • 36-week full time program
  • September intake
  • You do not need an employer to take the Heavy Mechanical Foundation program! In fact, the main reason to take the program is to gain experience and knowledge about the heavy-duty trade to make it easier for you to find an employer to sponsor you for the remaining three levels of your apprenticeship.

If you are a high school student, contact the counseling office at your high school for information on how to become a Youth Train in Trades student and get a jump-start on your trades training while you complete your high school diploma. Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program.

Heavy Mechanical Foundation Trades Training Schedule

*Heavy MechanicalFDTNSeptember 5, 2023May 23, 202436 Weeks
*Heavy MechanicalFDTNJanuary 23, 2024September 27, 202436 Weeks
*Heavy MechanicalFDTNSeptember 3, 2024May 29, 202536 Weeks
*Heavy MechanicalFDTNSeptember 2, 2025May 28, 202636 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program

To begin an apprenticeship to become a heavy duty equipment technician. you must:

  • Have an employer sponsor
  • Register with SkilledTradesBC, and
  • Complete your apprenticeship training

College of the Rockies offers all four levels of Heavy Duty Equipment Technician technical training.

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Training Schedule

*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician1April 2, 2024 June 7, 202410 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician1October 8, 2024 December 13, 202410 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician1April 8, 2025June 13, 202510 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician1October 7, 2025December 12, 202510 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2March 25, 2024May 16, 20248 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2June 17, 2024August 9, 20248 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2October 21, 2024December 12, 20248 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2March 31, 2025 May 22, 20258 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2June 24, 2025August 15, 20258 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2October 20, 2025December 11, 20258 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2March 30, 2026May 21, 20268 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3February 5, 2024March 14, 20246 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3September 3, 2024October 10, 20246 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3February 10, 2025March 20, 20256 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3September 2, 2025October 9, 20256 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3February 9, 2026March 19, 20266 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4May 27, 2024June 27, 20245 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4January 6, 2025February 6, 20255 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4May 26, 2025June 26, 20255 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4January 5, 2026February 5, 20265 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |