Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

Heavy duty equipment technicians 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.Heavy duty equipment technicians 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.

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 with machinery
Students working with machinery
Students and instructor working with machinery


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


Heavy Duty Equipment

Opportunities are unlimited for the heavy duty mechanic who has acquired journeyman status. Personal benefits as well as monetary rewards make this trade a lucrative vocation. In addition, trained people are always in great demand.

Heavy duty equipment technicians work in the full range of environmental conditions; from comfortable shops to remote sites where inclement weather can be a factor. Shift work is common. Good physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling and reaching.

Due to the size and complexity of the equipment, safety is of prime importance. The student must be conscious of the impact on people, equipment, work area and environment when performing their work.

TRU offers:

  • Level 1 — 300 hours delivered over 10 weeks
  • Level 2 — 240 hours delivered over eight weeks
  • Level 3 — 180 hours delivered over six weeks
  • Level 4 — 120 hours delivered over four weeks

Apprenticeship training dates

HMT - Level 1 Oct 13, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 1 Feb 01, 2021 Mar 26, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Sep 14, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Jan 04, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Mar 29, 2021 May 21, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 Nov 09, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 Mar 01, 2021 Apr 09, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 4 Jan 04, 2021 Jan. 29, 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)
$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 - $150