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Heavy Mechanical Foundation

36-week certificate

Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
  • Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved.
  • Be in demand. The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts heavy duty equipment mechanics will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 3,100 job openings available to 2024.
  • Develop specialized skills in four heavy mechanical trades, including truck and transport mechanic, heavy duty equipment technician (Red Seal) and diesel engine mechanic (Certificate of Qualification).

Career possibilities: Work as a heavy equipment operator at logging, mining and road building companies or in commercial truck, bus and equipment repair shops.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Career choices. This program gives you the skills to pursue a career as a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck and Transport Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician (Red Seal) or Diesel Engine Mechanic (Certificate of Qualification), to increase your employability.
  • NIC also offers all four year of apprenticeship technical training for Heavy Duty Equipment Technician.
  • Great instructors. Because of NIC’s well-respected instructional reputation, employers will recognize your skills and accreditations as a mark of quality.
  • Use what you know. NIC will consider transfer credit for modules completed in secondary school career preparation and trade programs and for modules taken at other colleges.
  • Go further: Complete all four levels of your apprenticeship training for Heavy Duty Equipment Technician at NIC.
  • Industry-recognized training. NIC is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved training provider for this entry-level Heavy Mechanical Foundation program in the Interprovincial (Red Seal) trade of  heavy duty equipment technician, truck and transport mechanic and transport trailer technician, and for a Certificate of Qualification as a diesel engine mechanic.

Program Highlights

The entry-level curriculum is a base of knowledge that is common in the four heavy mechanical trades listed thus allowing you to pursue a career in either of the four trades. To ensure curriculum remains current and relevant for new employees, NIC is advised by an active, local industry advisory committee.

You will gain skills to inspect and determine the extent of service required to repair heavy trucks, commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, drills, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for proper performance. You will learn essential skills in shop safety, work habits and caring for tools and equipment. Modules cover rigging, loading blocking and moving loads; using hoses, fasteners and fittings; welding; winches and working attachments; brakes; hydraulics; fuel systems; electrical systems; and internal combustion theory, to name a few. You will also become familiar with record keeping, writing service reports and using trade-specific software.

On successful completion of this program and upon entering into an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Level 1 and 450 hours of work-based credit toward your apprenticeship hours requirement.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Heavy Mechanical Foundation program, you will be prepared to seek a career and apprenticeship in the heavy mechanical trades.

Prospective employers include heavy duty equipment dealers; truck and bus dealerships; private truck, bus or equipment repair shops; logging; mining; oil and gas; and construction companies.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.

Students are required to acquire the following supplies:

  • safety glasses (CSA-approved)
  • coveralls
  • steel-toed safety boots (WCB-approved)
  • welding helmet, goggles, gloves and striker
  • padlock or combination lock
  • three-ring binder
  • loose-leaf paper and graph paper
  • pen/pencil/hi-liter
  • calculator, recommend Sharp EL-520WBBK
  • text books and learning guides

    *Texts and supplies are available for purchase at the NIC Bookstore 

Admission Requirements

  1. C in Provincial English 11 or NIC ENG-052 or C+ in Communications 12 or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-052, ESL-055 and ESL-058 or certified CLG 8; or successful NIC English assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Applications of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, NIC MAT-033, or equivalent; or successful NIC math assessment. 
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in science, physics, and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Program Requirements

*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid, WHMIS and Forklift certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for First Aid, WHMIS and Forklift courses.

Completion Requirements

To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum 70% in each course.

Note: Curriculum and certifications may be subject to change as mandated by the ITA. Refer to current bulletins on the ITA website


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $3,520
NISU Fees $120
Lab Fees $310
Books $1,000
Learner Resource $135
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,360

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $11,875
NISU Fees $120
Lab Fees $310
Books $1,000
Learner Resource $135
Health and Dental $275
Total $13,715
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee and the $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
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Daren Germaine

Daren Germaine
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 7826 | Location VIG - 214

Gordon Schofield

Gordon Schofield
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9794 | Location VIG - 214

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