Heavy Mechanical Trades

Okanagan College is the first B.C. College to respond to industry needs by offering a revised Heavy Mechanical Trades program developed to train students in four separate trades in high demand.   Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck and Transport Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician and Diesel Engine Mechanic.

The next time you pass by a construction site, take a look at all of the heavy-duty equipment, trucks and trailers it takes to get the job done! 

Program Details
:  38 weeks (1,140 hours)
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Graduates of this program will receive an Okanagan College program certificate, Level 1 Technical Training credit and 450 work-based training hours towards one of the four trades from the Industry Training Authority. 

Employment Opportunities:  Depending on which of the four trades you decide is your best fit, after graduating from the program you would be looking for work in forestry, mining, railway, busing and trucking companies; transport and automotive dealerships, shops, garages and service stations; and, in agriculture and landscaping companies.

Apprenticeship Information                                  

Our Heavy Mechanical Trades Shop was the first to benefit from the $33-million Trades Training Complex project, which is underway at the Kelowna campus with completion to be on March 2016.. Phase one of the project was the renovation and expansion of the Heavy Mechanical Trades shop which was completed in the summer of 2013. The freshly-finished shop and 1,858-square-metre outdoor training space is covered by a canopy housing one of Western Canada’s largest arrays of photovoltaic solar panels. Improvements include a bridge crane and a range of newly-acquired equipment. 

 New 5 Bay shop, more classrooms and a fully loaded covered outside compound.