Heavy Mechanical Trades


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.

 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.

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. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer, and the ITA

Program Outline

Level 1 (10 weeks)

Trades included:

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

Material covered:​

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

Level 2 (8 weeks)

Trades included:

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

Material covered:​

  • Electrical
  • Engines and Supporting Systems

Level 3 (6 weeks)

Trades included:

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic

Material covered:​

  • Powertrains

Level 4 (4 weeks)

Specialty for:

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

Material covered:​

​​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

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the final level of a specific trade, apprentices can receive the following certifications:

Red Seal in Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Red Seal in Truck and Transport Mechanic
Certificate of Qualification in Transport Trailer Technician
Red Seal Diesel Engine Mechanic

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople. the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.

Trade Specific Information

Follow these links for employment opportunities and trade specific information:

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule. 

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 862-5457
Toll-Free: 1-800-621-3038
e-mail: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca