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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.
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.
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.
- BC Grade 10, but Grade 12 strongly recommended, or mature student status
- Successful completion of Entry Assessment Test
- Good health
- Mechanical aptitude
- Must have safety boots and glasses
- Must supply and launder your own coveralls
- Must purchase welding gloves and welding hat
for this foundation program
for this trade
for this trade
Next program intakes
Jan. 27, 2020 - Sept. 4, 2020
July 27, 2020 - March 19, 2021
Oct. 26, 2020 - June 18, 2021
Feb. 1, 2021 - Sept. 10, 2021
Sept. 8, 2020 - April 30, 2021
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.
- 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||Jan. 6, 2020||March 13, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 1||March 16, 2020||May 22, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 1||Oct. 13, 2020||Dec. 18, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 1||Feb. 1, 2021||March 26, 2021||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 2||March 16, 2020||May 8, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 2||May 25, 2020||July 17, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 2||Sep. 14, 2020||Nov. 6, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 2||Jan. 4, 2021||Feb. 26, 2021||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 2||March 29, 2021||May 21, 2021||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 3||Jan. 6, 2020||Feb. 14, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 3||May 11, 2020||June 19, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 3||Nov. 9, 2020||Dec. 18, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 3||March 1, 2021||April 9, 2021||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 4||Feb. 18, 2020||March 13, 2020||FULL|
|HMT - Level 4||June 22, 2020||July 17, 2020||Kamloops|
|HMT - Level 4||Jan. 4, 2021||Jan. 29, 2021||Kamloops|
for this apprenticeship course
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.
|Accuplacer exam fee||$37|
|Parking (student parking website)||$2.50 (pass)
$5 per day
|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|
|Optional Training: Forklift - $200 and Airbrakes - $150|