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

ProgramLevelStartsEndsLength
*Heavy MechanicalFDTNSeptember 6, 2022May 25, 202336 Weeks
*Heavy MechanicalFDTNJanuary 10, 2023September 15, 202336 Weeks
*Heavy MechanicalFDTNSeptember 5, 2023May 23, 202436 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:

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

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Training Schedule

ProgramLevelStartsEndsLength
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician1October 10, 2023December 15, 202310 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2October 17, 2022December 9, 20228 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2March 27, 2023May 19, 20238 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2October 23, 2023December 15, 20238 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician2March 23, 2024May 17, 20248 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3September 6, 2022October 14, 20226 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3February 6, 2023March 17, 20236 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3September 5, 2023October 13, 20236 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician3February 5, 2024March 15, 20246 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4September 6, 2022September 30, 20224 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4January 3, 2023January 27, 20234 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4May 23, 2023June 16, 20234 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4September 5, 2023September 29, 20234 Weeks
*Heavy Duty Equipment Technician4January 2, 2024January 26, 20244 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |