Heavy Duty Technician


The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program is currently under review by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia (ITA). For further information visit http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/docs/partners/RTO/heavy-mechanical-foundation-march-2014.pdf

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; as well as on buses and large trucks. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. 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.

Program Outline

ITA has approved a new apprenticeship training model for the Heavy Mechanical Trades.  Effective September 1, 2014 the new apprenticeship training model will begin to replace the existing Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET), Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM), Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM) and Transport Trailer Technician (TTT) training and certification models. The full-time, 36-week program is competency-based covering all theory and practical components for a complement of valuable technical skills.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 recommended, Grade 10 accepted
  • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 and
  • Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or GED or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10, or
  • Permission of Instructor.

To view the NWCC Heavy Duty Technician page click here.