Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Certificate

Develop specialized skills in four heavy mechanical trades: truck and transport mechanic, transport trailer technician, heavy duty equipment technician (Red Seal) and diesel engine mechanic (Certification of Qualification). Earn your Level 1 technical training and work-based training hours when you register as an apprentice to secure entry level positions in the heavy mechanical industry in sectors including logging, mining, road building or in commercial repair shops.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: October
Length: 36 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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Heavy Duty Commercial Transport Trade is a highly paid, hands-on career where outdoor work is as common as indoor. On completion of the trade, there are opportunities for work from heavy equipment trucking, marine, and agriculture to work in shops on fuel injection, hydraulics, and transmission overhauls. Heavy Duty Mechanics are in high demand across BC and Canada.

Gord Schofield, instructor, Heavy Mechanical trades 

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Program Requirements

  • HMC-130 Safe Work Practices in the Heavy Mechanical Trades
  • HMC-131 Occupational Skills in the Heavy Mechanical Trades
  • HMC-132 Frames and Suspension
  • HMC-133 Tools and Equipment in the Heavy Mechanical Trades
  • HMC-134 Electrical Applications
  • HMC-135 Powertrain
  • HMC-136 Welding in the Heavy Mechanical Trades
  • HMC-137 Heavy Mechanical Trades Equipment
  • HMC-138 Air Braking Systems
  • HMC-139 Hydraulics
  • HMC-140 Hydraulic Braking Systems
  • HMC-141 Engines and Supporting Systems
  • HMC-142 Electrical Fundamentals in the Heavy Mechanical Trades
  • HMC-143 Cab Structures and Systems
  • HMC-144 Steering and Wheel Systems
  • *OFA-001 WHMIS 2015
  • *OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • *FLO-010 Forklift Operator

*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.

*Note: Based on availability of placements with industry, Trades Foundation students may have an opportunity to participate in an optional Work Experience: WXT-100 Work Experience – Trades Foundation.

*Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.

Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve a minimum C average overall for this program.  Student will be required to pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10; or C in two of Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10; or C in NIC ENG-035; or C+ in Communications 12; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or successful NIC assessment testing in English
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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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.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

This entry-level training provides a base of knowledge common in the four heavy mechanical trades: truck and transport mechanic, transport trailer technician, heavy duty equipment technician, and diesel engine mechanic. 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, service, and repair off-highway and transport trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for safe operation and optimum performance. You will learn essential skills in shop safety, work habits and maintaining tools and equipment. Your training includes rigging, blocking and moving loads; hoses, fasteners and fittings; welding; winches and working attachments; brakes; hydraulics; fuel systems; electrical systems; and internal combustion theory. 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.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Certificate 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

Students are required to acquire the following supplies:

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Safety Glasses
  • Coveralls
  • Steel Toed Boots - CSA approved
  • Ear Protection

Classroom Supplies

  • Padlock or Combination Lock
  • 3 ring binder
  • Loose leaf paper and graph paper
  • Pen/ pencil/ hi-liter
  • Scientific Calculator (optional)


In addition, NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, 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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,808
NISU Fees $130
Lab Fees $331
Books $1,020
Learner Resource $148
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,712

Students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.