Heavy Mechanical Trades

Description

This information is intended to explain the  “Heavy Mechanical” training model.  This new training model will affect apprentices registered in one of the following trades: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (Red Seal), Truck and Transport Mechanic (Red Seal), Diesel Engine Mechanic (CoQ) and Transport Trailer Technician (Red Seal).

The Industry Training Authority has approved a new combined training model for these four trades.  The following describes the technical training requirements. 

Apprentices will complete 10 weeks for level 1, 8 weeks for level 2, 6 weeks for level 3 and 4 weeks for level 4 of technical training.

Admission Requirements 

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.

Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson in that trade.

Technical Training:

Level 1

Trades included:

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Transport Trailer Technician

Level 2

Trades included:

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic

Level 3

Trades included:

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic

Level 4

Specialty for:

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic
  • Transport Trailer Technician

Program Components

First Year - Level 1

  • Occupational Skills
  • Brakes
  • Hydraulics
  • Electrical
  • Frames, Steering and Suspension
  • Trailer
  • Heating, Ventilation and A/C
  • Structural Components and Accessories

Second Year - Level 2

  • Electrical
  • Engines and Supporting Systems

Third Year - Level 3

  • Powertrains
Fourth Year - Level 4 (Specialty)

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
(Red Seal)
  • Apply Work Practices and Procedures
  • Service Alternative Brake Systems
  • Service Power Train Components
  • Service A/C System
Truck and Transport Mechanic and Transport Trailer Technician (Red Seal)
  • Apply Work Practices and Procedures
  • Service Wheels, Hubs and Brakes
  • Service Engines and Support Systems
  • Service Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Service Fuel Systems
  • Service Cabs, Bodies and Accessories

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Trade Specific Information

Follow these links for employment opportunities and trade specific information:

 Program Contact

To view the schedule and apply on line visit OC Apprenticeship Programs


Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 Local 4687  or toll free 1-800-621-3038

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Note: Apprentices who have completed the old foundation program will need to begin the new level 1 program.

Please note that apprentices who began their training in the old 6 week model for levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 will finish in the old model.

This new combined training model will allow apprentices more flexibility and opportunity for multiple credentials.   

If you have any questions about this new process please do not hesitate to contact our office at 1-800-621-3038.