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.


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


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.


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

Campbell River, BC

Program Start Date: September/February

Program Length: 36 weeks

Note: The program does NOT follow the Comox Valley School’s Calendar.  There is NO spring break.


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)