Career possibilities: Work as a heavy equipment operator at logging, mining and road building companies or in commercial truck, bus and equipment repair shops.
The entry-level curriculum is a base of knowledge that is common in the four heavy mechanical trades listed thus allowing you to pursue a career in either of the four trades. To ensure curriculum remains current and relevant for new employees, NIC is advised by an active, local industry advisory committee.
You will gain skills to inspect and determine the extent of service required to repair heavy trucks, commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, drills, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for proper performance. You will learn essential skills in shop safety, work habits and caring for tools and equipment. Modules cover rigging, loading blocking and moving loads; using hoses, fasteners and fittings; welding; winches and working attachments; brakes; hydraulics; fuel systems; electrical systems; and internal combustion theory, to name a few. You will also become familiar with record keeping, writing service reports and using trade-specific software.
On successful completion of this program and upon entering into an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Level 1 and 450 hours of work-based credit toward your apprenticeship hours requirement.
After completing the Heavy Mechanical Foundation program, you will be prepared to seek a career and apprenticeship in the heavy mechanical trades.
Prospective employers include heavy duty equipment dealers; truck and bus dealerships; private truck, bus or equipment repair shops; logging; mining; oil and gas; and construction companies.
NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.
Students are required to acquire the following supplies:
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*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid, WHMIS and Forklift certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for First Aid, WHMIS and Forklift courses.
To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum 70% in each course.
Note: Curriculum and certifications may be subject to change as mandated by the ITA. Refer to current bulletins on the ITA website www.itabc.ca
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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RSE, Commercial Transport