Apprentice Heavy Mechanical Trades

Apprenticeship
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LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Starting at $775.55
START DATE: Fall 2019 - Spring 2021
DELIVERY:
  • Alternate Delivery
Upcoming Program Offerings

Apprentices must have their employer register them with Industry Training Authority (ITA) and fill out the apprenticeship application online. They are placed on the appropriate “waitlist”; 2-3 months prior to the course they will be contacted by CNC if a seat is available.  They then have 48 hours to accept their seat.  All apprenticeship training requires in-person shop sessions. All shop sessions will be provided with physical distancing and all necessary safety measures.

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

Ramp up your career working with big rigs, diesel engines and heavy-duty wheeled equipment. Learn to expertly handle hydraulics, power train components and more as a skilled, apprentice-trained heavy duty mechanic.

Careers

This career is suited for people who enjoy hands on problem solving. Tradespeople working in the heavy mechanical trades need to be comfortable working with a range of equipment, from sophisticated electronics to heavy tracks and hydraulic parts. Mechanics and technicians may work indoors in a shop or plant, outdoors where equipment is being used, or a combination of both.

Heavy duty mechanics may be employed by equipment owners and operators, or by independent service companies who do maintenance and repairs for customers.

Industries in which heavy-duty mechanics are critical include:

  • Transportation and trucking
  • Forestry Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Construction
  • Agriculture

Heavy-duty mechanics might work indoors in a shop or plant, outdoors where equipment is being used, or a combination of both.

What you will learn

In the Heavy Mechanical Trades apprenticeship program you will master all aspects of heavy mechanical and commercial transport equipment. You will also learn electrical and electronics diagnosis and repair such as electrohydraulic controls. You will increase capabilities of diagnosis and handle problems and perform diagnostic tests.

Apprenticeship Programs

CNC’s program offers you a unique opportunity to earn multiple trade Red Seal Qualifications, in a combined engine, trailer heavy duty and commercial transport program.

The first three levels of Heavy Mechanical Trades covers Heavy Duty, Diesel Engine, and Truck and Transport Mechanic. The fourth year of the program offers specialized training specific to the role of a:

Many apprentices register for both Heavy Duty and Truck and Transport apprenticeships and become dual ticketed. Full work based training hours must be completed for both trades.

Governing bodies

Apprentice Heavy Mechanical Trades Courses

Ramp up your career working with big rigs, diesel engines and heavy duty wheeled equipment. Learn to expertly handle hydraulics, power train components and more as a skilled, apprentice-trained heavy duty mechanic. In the Heavy Mechanical Trades apprenticeship program you will master mechanical linkages as well as sensitive electronics such as microprocessor controls that help diagnose problems and perform tests. CNC's program offers you a unique opportunity to earn dual trade tickets in a combined heavy duty and commercial transport program.

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Visit Trades Training BC for the most up to date apprenticeship schedules.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Fall 2020 Prince George In Class Truck & Transport Mechanic Level 4, Nov 23 - Dec 18, 2020
Spring 2021 Prince George In Class Level 3, Mar 29 - May 7, 2021
Spring 2021 Prince George In Class Level 2, Mar 15 - May 7, 2021
Spring 2021 Prince George In Class Level 1, Jan 4 - Mar 12, 2021
Spring 2021 Prince George In Class Level 2, Jan 4 - Feb 26, 2021
Fall 2020 Prince George In Class Level 3, Oct 13 - Nov 20, 2020
Fall 2020 Prince George In Class Level 2, Aug 17 - Oct 9, 2020
Spring 2021 Prince George In Class Heavy Duty Equipment Tech Level 4, Mar 1 - Mar 26, 2021
Fall 2020 Prince George In Class Heavy Duty Equipment Tech Level 4, Sept 8 - Oct 2, 2020
Intersession 2020 Prince George In Class Heavy Duty Equipment Tech Level 4, June 1 - June 6, 2020
Spring 2020 Prince George In Class Level 1 10 weeks
Spring 2020 Prince George In Class Level 2 Feb 3-March 27, 2020
Fall 2019 Prince George In Class

The fine print

Once your employer has submitted an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form to ITA on your behalf you can apply to attend technical training at CNC. Many of our apprenticeship programs have waitlists so we encourage you to apply early.

ITA doesn’t require Heavy Duty or Commercial Transport apprentices to have completed a required number of work-based-training hours to attend technical training. However, because apprenticeship programs are a unique blend of in-class and on-the-job training we encourage you to work with your employer to decide on a training schedule that best combines these two forms of training.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship technical training, you may be interested in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Program.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

 

Invest in your future  

View costs by level

Level 1 Tuition: $1,161.28-1,188.57

Level 2 Tuition: $954.77-982.06

Level 3 Tuition: $775.55-802.84

Level 4 Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Tuition: $775.55-802.84

Level 4 Truck & Transport Mechanic Tuition: $890.34-917.63

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Work BC offers financial support to apprenticeship students.

Service Canada offers a variety of financial supports for apprentices and their employers including tax credits, grants, and EI while attending technical training.

Apprentices may qualify for interest free loans of up to $4,000 per level of technical training through the Canada Apprentice Loan program.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.

Highlights

$79,253
Median Salary
Annual provincial median salary in related fields according to Work BC.
1,660
Job Openings
Total expected job openings in this field by 2029 according to Work BC.
Apprenticeship
Hands-On Training
All apprenticeship training requires in-person shop sessions for hands on learning.