Diesel Engine Mechanic

A diesel engine mechanic installs, repairs and maintains all internal combustion diesel engines and components as used in transport, construction and marine.

Heavy Mechanical

The heavy mechanical foundation program supports pre-apprenticeship training for the heavy mechanical trades, including diesel engine mechanic. It also covers:

Credit is granted for Level 1 technical training and 450 hours of work-based training time.

Course content

The program covers all aspects necessary for graduates to enter the trade as an apprentice. That is, the program is a pre-apprentice/trade entry, and does not require any previous experience or training in the industry.

Students working on truck engine
Students working under vehicle on lift
Students working on vehicle engine with instructor


Strong emphasis is placed on practical training with numerous hands-on projects. Graduates should be able to develop enough skills to be hired on as an immediately productive employee — reducing the need for employers to invest further time and resources into training a new apprenticeship candidate.

Education requirements

  • BC Grade 10, but Grade 12 strongly recommended, or mature student status
  • Successful completion of Entry Assessment Test

General requirements

  • Good health
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Must have safety boots and glasses
  • Must supply and launder your own coveralls
  • Must purchase welding gloves and welding hat
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Williams Lake

Next program intakes

July 27, 2020 - March 19, 2021
October 26, 2020 - June 18, 2021
February 1, 2021 - September 10, 2021

Williams Lake
September 8, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Program length

36 weeks


Diesel Engine

You can become certified as a diesel engine mechanic by completing the diesel engine mechanic program or by challenging the certification.

TRU offers

  • Level 1 — 300 hours delivered over 10 weeks
  • Level 2 — 240 hours delivered over eight weeks

Apprenticeship training dates

HMT - Level 1 Oct 13, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 1 Feb 01, 2021 Apr 09, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Jun 29, 2020 Aug 21, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Sep 14, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Jan 04, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 Nov 09, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 Mar 01, 2021 May 21, 2021 Kamloops
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Costs for Diesel Engine Mechanic programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

Application fee $29.83
Accuplacer exam fee $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass) Motorcycle
$5 per day
Heavy Duty Mechanic Foundation
Tuition $3,565.00
Student and lab fees $1,220.00
Learning guides and/or textbooks $889.00
CSA work boots, clear safety glasses, 2 pair hi-vis 100% cotton coveralls $350.00
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $6,074.00
Optional Training: Forklift - $200 and Airbrakes - $189