Vancouver Island University

Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

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Program Information

School:Vancouver Island University
Faculty:Trades and Applied Technology
Degree:Certificate; Apprenticeship
Field of Study:Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
Description:This Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, considered one of the best in British Columbia, provides basic training in preparation for employment and apprenticeships in Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck and Transport Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician and Diesel Engine Mechanic. Through technical and practical training on actual equipment used in industry, students learn safety, tools, computers, as well as the service and maintenance of on- and off-highway trucks and buses, and heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, graders and loaders. Job search, communication and resume writing skills are covered, and students also participate in on-the-job work experience.

This program is suited to individuals with all levels of mechanical experience who meet the listed admission requirements. Upon successful completion of the program students receive a certificate in Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation with level one theory credit and four hundred fifty hours work based training time. This allows the graduate to choose one of the following four trades as an apprentice: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck Transport Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician or Diesel Engine Mechanic.

URL:Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation at Vancouver Island University
Length:10 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,765
Careers:Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic TradesHeavy-Duty Equipment MechanicsCrane OperatorsSee More...

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    - Minimum 17 years of age, unless stated otherwise. - Resume and/or letter of intent and/or references may be required. - Interview may be required. - Math and/or reading and/or trades aptitude test may be required. - Physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions. - Good hand/eye coordination. - Good health, free of vision, hearing or respiratory ailments. - Valid driver’s license will be required for vehicle and equipment operatio

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    - Grade 12, or equivalent, or mature student status. - Minimum 17 years of age. - Successful completion of assessment testing. - Personal profile. - Valid driver’s license.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 10, 2017

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