Heavy Mechanical Foundation
Welcome to the exciting world of repairing big machinery: bulldozers, grader, transport trucks, trailers, buses, cranes and mining equipment!
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
The 36-week Heavy Mechanical Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program will give you the skills, knowledge and training you need for entry level positions in the heavy mechanical industry and covers all of the competencies for Level 1 of Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck and Transport Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician, and Diesel Engine Mechanic.
You will learn about occupational skills (safety, and tools, power tools, shop equipment, bearings and seals, cutting and welding procedures), hydraulic systems and brakes, electrical systems, frames, steering and suspension systems, trailer components, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, engines and supporting systems, and powertrains. The program includes classroom theory, demonstrations, and practical hands-on training in a heavy mechanical shop setting.
In this program, you will learn about:
- Occupational Skills
- Service and Repair Brakes
- Service and Repair Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Frames, Steering and Suspension
- Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
- Engines and Supporting systems
- Structural Components and Accessories
For a complete program description, including prerequisite details and technical training content about each level of training see: Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program
You will also take:
- Occupational First Aid Level 1
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
*Students must complete Occupational First Aid Level 1 within the program or have a current Occupational First Aid Level 1 certificate valid to the end of the program.
When you successfully finish the program you will receive:
- Level 1 Technical Training credit from SkilledTradesBC for Level 1 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET); Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM); Transport Trailer Technician (TTT); Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM) Apprenticeship programs
- 450 Work-based Training hours
- Certificate of Completion Heavy Mechanical Foundation (SkilledTradesBC)
- College of the Rockies Certificate
- Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:
- Workplace MATH 10 and Apprenticeship MATH 12. Either Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
- Either English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENGL 090, or equivalent
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.
Tuition and Fees:
|Student Association Fee:||$82.80|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$111.00|
|Occupational First Aid Level 1 Fee:||$139.00|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$229.50|
Additional Student Costs for Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies:
- Steel-toed Leather Work Boots
- Safety Glasses
- Hi-vis coveralls and flame retardant work clothes
- Required Texts
- Pens, pencils, three-ring binder
- Digital multi meter with 10 MΩ impedance
Why Choose a Career as a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician?
- It’s an in demand trade!
- According to the British Columbia Labour Market Outlook: 2018 Edition there will be 2,600 job openings by 2027.
- According to Work BC you can earn up to $40.00 per hour!
After graduating from the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program, you can explore a wide variety of career opportunities in:
- Oil and gas extraction
- Construction sites
Mechanics with up-to-date electronics training are expected to be in the greatest demand in the workforce!
Heavy Mechanical Foundation Trades Training Schedule
|*Heavy Mechanical||FDTN||September 5, 2023||May 23, 2024||36 Weeks|
|*Heavy Mechanical||FDTN||January 23, 2024||September 27, 2024||36 Weeks|
|*Heavy Mechanical||FDTN||September 3, 2024||May 30, 2025||36 Weeks|
*Projected | All dates subject to change |