Heavy Mechanical Trades

By , May 5, 2014

The Heavy Mechanical Trades program replaces the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician program, as per new guidelines from the Industry Training Authority. The new Heavy Mechanical Trades program includes the following four trades:

Truck and Transport Mechanic (Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic):Diagnose, repair and service the mechanical, electrical and electronic components of highway buses and trucks. This includes the fuel, brake, steering and suspension, transmission, emission control and exhaust, and cooling and climate control systems. Mechanics work for commercial transport vehicle dealers, garages and service stations, and may specialize in one or more of these systems.

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician: Overhaul, repair and service heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, materials handling, landscaping, and land clearing such as graders, loaders, bulldozers, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, drills, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. Working from manufacturers’ specifications, they identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems. Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians also work on buses and large trucks.

Diesel Engine Mechanic: Install, repair, and maintain all internal combustion diesel engines and components as used in transport, construction, and marine.

Transport Trailer Technician: Maintain, rebuild, overhaul, recondition, repair and diagnostic troubleshoot commercial truck trailers. 

If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employ­ment in industry, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship. The Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program consists of the practical and essential skills related to Heavy Mechanical Trades in addition to Level 1 Apprenticeship Technical Training. Upon completion of this program, students will choose which specialization they will apprentice.

Admission Prerequisites

  • Completion of Grade 10 level that includes Grade 10 English; and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), with 67 per cent (C+) or higher in both.

Where is the program offered?

Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, South Peace Campus (starts September 2014)

Northern Lights College, Fort St. John (next intake starts September 2015)


For more information and Job Description for a Heavy Mechanical Trades technician, see Page 2!

For more information on Heavy Mechanical Trades at Northern Lights College, go to the NLC website:

Dawson Creek program              •              Fort St. John program

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