Heavy mechanical trades mechanics and technicians are critical to keeping the wheels of industry turning. In this 36-week certificate program you will learn to repair transport trucks and trailers, buses, crawler tractors, loaders, skidders, feller bunchers, excavators, and more.
The Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program prepares you for a career as a:
This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin the apprenticeship pathway in one of the three trades listed above . You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.
The Heavy Mechanical Trades program is unique in that it provides core training for three trades. Completing the first two years of the program, plus the required work based training hours, allows you to receive your Diesel Engine Mechanic Certificate of Qualification. To be a Red Seal certified Heavy Duty Equipment Technician or Truck and Transport Mechanic you would complete the first three levels of the Heavy Mechanical Trades program, followed by the specialized 4th level program for your chosen trade. There also is the opportunity to be dual Red Seal ticketed in Heavy Duty Equipment Technician and Truck and Transport Mechanic by completing the 4th level and work based training hours for both programs.
Upon successful completion of the foundation program, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in Heavy Mechanical Trades. Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of apprenticeship training for your chosen trade.
Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.
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:
Heavy-duty mechanics might work indoors in a shop or plant, outdoors where equipment is being used, or a combination of both.
As heavy equipment and diagnostic tools become increasingly advanced, people with up-to-date training will be in demand in industry. CNC is proud of our state of the art Heavy Mechanical Trades facility, which opened October 2018. In partnership with industry we offer students the chance to work on cutting edge training aids and equipment.
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The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.
Students who do not meet the above requirement, and think they may be admissible as a mature student should consult a CNC counsellor/advisor.
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High school students may be eligible to take this program. See your school counsellor for details.
Students are encouraged to submit a resumé and handwritten statement indicating reasons for wishing to enter the program as well as complete two pre-Trades evaluations: a test of mechanical reasoning skills, and the College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT). Both of these items are included in the selection criteria listed below and will be awarded points.
If the program is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below.
Maximum points = 28
High school graduation with English 12, Math 11 and Physics 11 (where applicable) is recommended and required by some employers in order to be indentured as an apprentice.
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
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Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.
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