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Note: over a period of 3 years ending Sept. 1, 2017, this program's delivery format is transitioning to 'Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (New Format)'. Refer to the Industry Training Authority's FAQ document Heavy Mechanical Trades Transition.
Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians work on industrial and construction vehicles, such as mining trucks and bulldozers; on heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, materials handling, landscaping, and land clearing; as well as on buses and large trucks. Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians overhaul, repair and service equipment such as graders, loaders, 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 Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
Learn more about Heavy Equipment Service at Discover Trades BC.
The following education is recommended: Grade 10 equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,000 hours of work-based training.
A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2, after 30 weeks of training (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative pathways into the occupation).