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Heavy Mechanical Foundation – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 9 months

Total Credits: This program provides credit towards Red Seal Certification

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Silver King

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Heavy Mechanical Foundation, which includes Level 1 Technical Training for Transport Trailer Technician (TTT), Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM), Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET) and Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM) plus 450 Work Based Training (WBT) hours towards completion of apprenticeship in TTT, TTM, HDET or DEM


Program Summary

In our on-site, real-world shop, you will apply your knowledge and learn the mechanics of trucks, commercial transport vehicles and heavy equipment.

This 9-month program prepares students for entry level positions as apprentices in four trades:

  • Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Transport Trailer Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

Occupation Description: The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program covers the scope of four occupations:

Truck & Transport Mechanic: “Truck & Transport Mechanic” means a person who maintains, rebuilds, overhauls, reconditions does diagnostic troubleshooting of motorized commercial truck, bus, and road transport equipment.
Diesel Engine Mechanic: “Diesel Engine Mechanic” means a person who installs, repairs, and maintains all internal combustion diesel engines and components used in transport, construction and marine.
Transport Trailer Technician: “Transport Trailer Technician” means a person who maintains, rebuilds, overhauls, reconditions, and does diagnostic trouble shooting and repairs of commercial truck and trailers
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician: “Heavy Duty Equipment Technician” means a person who maintains, manufactures, overhauls, reconditions and repairs equipment powered by internal combustion engines or electricity and without limiting the foregoing, including graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types used in construction, logging, sawmill, manufacturing, mining and other similar industry.

Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. They learn theoretical principles of vehicle mechanics in the classroom. They apply their knowledge in the shop where they perform numerous diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance procedures, removals, repairs, and installations of components on trucks, commercial transport vehicles and heavy equipment.

Graduates of the Heavy Mechanical Foundation program at Selkirk College typically find employment with service garages or industrial firms as apprentices engaged in the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and associated equipment.

The theory component of the program is delivered in a classroom setting employing lecture mode along with self-directed activities, while the hands-on component is conducted in the College’s mechanical shop. The ratio of shop time to classroom time is approximately 60:40 and based on a 4-day week. Upon completion of the program, graduates possess the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to gain employment in one of the four aforementioned trades as a Level 1 apprentice. All Heavy Mechanical Foundation students are encouraged to acquire additional certification including an Air Brake Endorsement on their driver’s license, a Forklift Operator’s Certificate, Occupational First Aid Level 1 and WHMIS through the College’s Continuing Education department.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • outline and demonstrate standard occupational skills.
  • service and repair various brake systems.
  • describe hydraulic systems.
  • service hydraulic components.
  • service various batteries, systems, and circuits.
  • service frames, steering, and suspension systems.
  • service, diagnose, and repair various trailer components.
  • describe heating and air conditioning fundamentals.
  • diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems.
  • service various engine types and fuel systems.
  • service, diagnose, and repair electronic ignition systems.
  • service powertrains.
  • remove and install transmissions.
  • remove and install drivelines and differentials.
  • remove and install final drives.
  • identify protective structures.
  • service cab structures.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent
  • Workplace Math 11, or Selkirk ABE Math 46, with minimum of 60% or better
  • Consideration will be given to mature individuals (19 years or older) who are not senior secondary school graduates, provided they are working to complete the recommended education:

- Grade 10 or equivalent including English 10, Mathematics 10

- Grade 12 preferred

  • All applicants are required to complete a computerized placement test using the College Readiness Tool (CRT) in reading, writing and mathematics once they have submitted their application.
  • Employers may require higher level of Math as part of their hiring policies

Additional Requirements

  • Basic computer are skills highly recommended
  • Recommend possession of a valid driver’s license class 5, 7 Learner or higher
  • Students must supply some hand tools, safety boots, leatherwear
  • A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program
  • An interview (in person or by telephone) with the School Chair or designate may be required before entry to the program. Interview results are not used as criteria for admission.

Graduation and Promotion

In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum of 70% average.

Program Curriculum

See ITA website for program outline.