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Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

Certificate in Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

Think big.

Fundamental training

Big equipment is expensive and down time is even more expensive. Skilled mechanics are in constant demand to keep these essential vehicles in top running order for the construction, transportation, mining and forestry industries.

Program overview

Upon successful completion of the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, you'll possess the full range of basic knowledge of the Heavy Duty, Truck and Transport, Diesel Engine, and Transport Trailer trades.

Upon completion of the foundation program, you will have completed the technical in-school training related to Level 1 apprenticeship in the particular trade. You will possess the abilities and skills required to safely adjust, maintain, and operate the equipment or vehicles related to these trades at a Level 1 apprentice.

Camosun's 39-week full-time Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program will give you the skills and theory you'll need to enter the trade.

Hands-on learning

As a Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation student you'll inspect and repair heavy trucks, commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, drills, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for proper performance.

You'll also service engines and engine support systems, hydraulic systems, pheumatics, and drive trains. Other duties include adjusting equipment, welding and cutting, repairing or replacing defective parts, components, or systems, using hand and power tools and test equipment.

Through this foundation program, you will also participate in three weeks of work experience.

Next up: Apprenticeship

When you graduate, you'll receive equivalent credit for Apprenticeship Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required work-based training hours.

As an apprentice, you will continue to build on your skills in your speciality and gain the practical experience necessary to become fully qualified through Level 2, 3 and 4 to get your ticket in the speciality of your choice.

Employment opportunities

Graduates have found employment in the forestry, mining, fishing, and construction industry or with equipment dealers and manufacturers of heavy equipment. You can also find work in bus or truck repair shops and the commercial truck, bus and van industries.

"I feel I had a great work experience and there are a lot of opportunities. The course layout was great. We knew what we had to do and how long we had to do it."

Program graduate

Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

Certificate in Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation (ITA credit toward Apprenticeship)
39 weeks
Study Options
Full-time only
Work Experience
Three weeks
Trades & Technology
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