Heavy Mechanical Foundation

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). This Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved program covers Level 1 Heavy Duty Technician training necessary 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: September
Length: 36 weeks
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It’s a challenging trade, both physically and mentally. You’re hands-on, but you also need to have a high-level of technical knowledge. There’s a high demand for those skills, and also an incredible variety of work out there.

Tony Yaklin, instructor, Heavy Mechanical trades 

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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.

*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.

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 www.itabc.ca


Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 11, Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, Spoken Language 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & Writing 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & New Media 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & Spoken Language 11, or NIC ENG-052 or C+ in Communications 12; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or certified CLB 8; or successful NIC English assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, NIC MAT-033, or successful NIC math assessment. 
  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

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

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 $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.

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 $3,735
NISU Fees $130
Lab Fees $325
Books $1,020
Learner Resource $145
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,630

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.