PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (From NIC website)

This entry-level training provides a base of knowledge common in the four heavy mechanical trades: truck and transport mechanic, transport trailer technician, heavy duty equipment technician, and diesel engine mechanic. 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, service, and repair off-highway and transport trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for safe operation and optimum performance. You will learn essential skills in shop safety, work habits and maintaining tools and equipment. Your training includes rigging, blocking and moving loads; hoses, fasteners and fittings; welding; winches and working attachments; brakes; hydraulics; fuel systems; electrical systems; and internal combustion theory. 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.

The Heavy Duty Foundations course is heavily prescribed and there is a wait list.  Applications to the college should be completed well in advance to ensure a seat.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Heavy Duty Mechanics have a wide range of options for employment.  Many work in the field or out of town for logging and mining companies or in town in Heavy Duty Mechanics shops. Heavy Duty Mechanics are one of the more in demand trades based on Labour Market Outlooks, apprenticeship registrations and industry feedback.

Past graduates have worked for companies in town such as;
Courtenay Spring Welding Inc, Forbidden Mechanical, Ironside Contracting Ltd, Leighton Contracting, Shields Industrial

APPRENTICESHIP DETAILS

A Heavy Duty Equipment Technician apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6360 workplace hours and 840 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each ranging from six to ten weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter provincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

North Island College
(Campbell River Campus)
1685 S Dogwood St

Campbell River, BC

  1. Meet with the Career Teacher at your school
  2. Plan your Grade 11 & 12 classes
  3. Complete a SD71 District Train In Trades Application
  4. Meet with a Work Experience coordinator to set up a work experience placement
  5. Sign up for S.T.E.P.
  6. Apply for a Trades Sampler program
  7. Meet with your school counselor to ensure you are programmed into the right courses

Below are 3 sample timetables showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the Auto Service Technician Program in their Grade 12 year at NIC.

Sample Timetable #1
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English 10
Math 10
CLE 10/Elective 10
PE 10
English 12
Science 11*
Socials 11 or 12
*
Elective 11 (CLE11*)

NIC Heavy Mechanical
(Campbell River Campus)

Counts as Grade 12 Electives

Note: Requires “N” license as program is in Campbell River

English 11
Socials 10
Science 10
Elective 10/Elective 10

Transportation Trades Sampler

(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)

CLC/Capstone


Sample Timetable #2
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English 10
Math 10
CLE 10/Elective 10
Elective 10/Elective 10
English 11
Science 11
Elective 11
Elective 11

NIC Heavy Mechanical
(Campbell River Campus)

Counts as Grade 12 Electives

Note: Requires “N” license as program is in Campbell River

Socials 10
Science 10
PE10
Elective 10/Elective 10

English 12

CLC/Capstone
Socials 11 or 12
Elective 11 or 12


Sample Timetable #3 (SD71 WILL NOT FUND Tuition)
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 After Grade 12
English 10
Math 10
CLE 10/Elective 10
Elective 10/Elective 10
English 11
Science 11
Elective 11
Elective 11
English 12
CLC/Capstone
Elective 12
Elective 12

NIC Heavy Mechanical

*NOT FUNDED by SD71* 

Socials 10
Science 10
PE10
Elective 10/Elective 10

Socials 11 or 12
Elective 11 (CLE11*)
Math 11
Elective 11
Transportation Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)
*Unless there is an Exceptional Circumstance that is pre-approved by the Ministry Of Education well in advance
G.P. Vanier Career Office

Phone: 250-338-2110
Career Teacher: Ross Jamison
Career Coordinator: Kelley Giorgianni

Mark R. Isfeld Career Office

Phone: 250-334-4628
Career Teacher: Peter Lineger
Career Coordinator: Randy James

Highland Career Office

Phone: 250-339-5525
Career Teacher: Jacques Nijhof
Career Coordinator: Tracey.MvKinney

Glacier View Career Office

Phone: 250-338-2752
Career Coordinator: Dawn Stevens

District Trades Coordinator

Steve Claassen
Cell: 250-897-5632
Email: Steve Claassen@sd71.bc.ca

TRADES PROGRAM APPLICATION FORMS

If you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing. You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.

FILLABLE - District Application - Trades 2020 (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)

FILLABLE - Grade 12 SLP - Fall 2020 (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)

ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program)

NIC Trades Application -Sample Only (See a school's Careers Department for actual one)