Heavy Duty Equipment Apprenticeship Program


Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics work on industrial and construction vehicles, such as mining trucks and bulldozers; on heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, materials handling, landscaping, and land clearing; as well as on buses and large trucks. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program.

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics overhaul, repair and service equipment such as graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, drills, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. Working from manufacturers' specifications, they identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems.

The Heavy Duty Equipment Apprenticeship program is a four year term with four periods of technical training.  Each year an apprentice will return to technical training for 6 weeks for levels 1 through 4.
Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic apprentices will attend:

HMT Level 1 is 10 weeks in length
HMT Level 2 is 8 weeks in length
HMT Level 3 is 6 weeks in length
Level 4 is 4 weeks in length (specialty for Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic)

For more information on the Heavy Mechanical Trades training model visit this link Heavy Mechanical Trades.

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.

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)

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

Level 2 (8 weeks)

  • Electrical
  • Engines and Supporting Systems

Level 3 (6 weeks)

  • Powertrains
Level 4 (Specialty - 4 weeks)

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
(Red Seal)
  • Apply Work Practices and Procedures
  • Service Alternative Brake Systems
  • Service Power Train Components
  • Service A/C System

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

The Heavy Duty Equipment Technician apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 4 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Heavy Duty Equipment Technician.

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.

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) 762-5445 (Local 4687)
Toll Free: 1-800-621-3038
e-mail: khearne@okanagan.bc.ca