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Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

What You’ll Learn

Applied learning

The Certificate in Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation covers training in four trades areas: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician; Truck & Transport Mechanic; Diesel Engine Mechanic; or Transport Trailer Mechanic.

What to expect

Located at the Interurban campus, the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation is a 39 week program that includes technical training and a work experience component. This program will be of interest to individuals looking for a career as a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck and Transport Mechanic, Diesel Engine Mechanic or Transport Trailer Technician. The program will cover 36 weeks of ITA Level One learning outcomes in the technical training requirements for all four heavy mechanical trades.

You will also be required to find an employer to complete a three week work experience. (You may be able to apply your work experience towards your apprenticeship hours at the discretion of your Apprenticeship sponsor.)

You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

All trades programs have a mandatory attendance requirement. If you miss three days in a class, you may be required to withdraw from the course. (Exemptions may be made in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Dean.)

Apprenticeship Training

Camosun also offers all four levels of technical training required to get your ticket. If you are already in an apprenticeship with an employer sponsor, you may take your required technical training at Camosun on a direct entry basis.

Camosun accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all levels. Please refer to the apprenticeship schedule, and pick up or download and print an apprentice application. PDF

Program courses

Course Instructional Hours
HEVY 110 Heavy Mechanical Trades 1080 hrs
HEVY 120 Work Experience 90 hrs

Students must achieve a cumulative average of 70% of all program courses, and a COM or DST in HEVY 120 to qualify for the certificate.

Graduates will be eligible for ITA apprenticeship credit for Level 1 technical training and 450 work based hours towards completion of an apprenticeship in any of the following trades: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician; Truck and Transport Mechanic; Diesel Engine Mechanic; Transport Trailer Technician.


You'll learn to:

  • Apply and use occupational skills to service and repair Heavy Mechanical equipment and vehicles
  • Service and repair brake systems
  • Describe and service hydraulic systems and components
  • Describe, use and service electrical circuits and systems to service and repair Heavy Mechanical equipment and vehicles
  • Service, diagnose and repair frames, steering, suspension and track systems
  • Diagnose and service trailer systems
  • Diagnose and repair HVAC systems on Heavy Mechanical equipment and vehicles
  • Service, diagnose and repair engines and supporting systems
  • Remove, service and install power train components
  • Identify and service structural components and accessories related to Heavy Mechanical equipment and vehicles

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Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
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  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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