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Heavy Duty Mechanic


Vancouver Community College

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Course Description:

Learn heavy duty mechanics. This program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the heavy duty equipment industry. Apprentice training is designed to meet the needs of both the student and industry by providing comprehensive and up-to-date training. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.

There are four training sessions offered over a four-year period. Levels 1, 2 , 3 and 4 are each four and a half weeks in length (180 hours). Level 1 covers hydraulics and a variety of braking systems. Level 2 advances the apprentice&,#146,s skills in servicing diesel engines. Level 3 provides the apprentice with competency in electrical and electronic systems. Level 4 completes the training with students developing skills in power train components and air conditioning systems.

Students train in classrooms and shops at VCC&,#146,s facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the diesel equipment labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. Students supply their own coveralls and safety equipment. Hand tools are supplied while the apprentice is a student at VCC.

An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.

Elements of this syllabus are subject to change.

Please go to the school's official website for training price and schedule:


School Address/Venue(s):

1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC
Canada V5T 4V5

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