Learn heavy duty mechanics. This program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the heavy duty
equipment industry. Apprentice training is designed to meet the needs of both the student and industry by providing comprehensive and up-to-date training. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.
There are four training sessions offered over a four-year period. Levels 1, 2 , 3 and 4 are each four and a half weeks in length (180 hours). Level 1 covers hydraulics and a variety of braking systems. Level 2 advances the apprentice's skills in servicing diesel engines. Level 3 provides the apprentice with competency in electrical and electronic systems. Level 4 completes the training with students developing skills in power train components and air conditioning systems.
Students train in classrooms and shops at VCC's facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the diesel equipment labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. Students supply their own coveralls and safety equipment. Hand tools are supplied while the apprentice is a student at VCC.
An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.
Part or Full‑time
4.5 week training sessions over 4 years
VCC welcomes applications from
Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to
educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Students must be registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and have received an Apprentice Identification number and a Trade Worker Identification number (TWID).
New apprentices who have successfully completed an ITA approved training program can apply to the Industry Training Centre for credit towards the work based and technical training requirements of their apprenticeship. Often, successful completion of a trades program or pre-apprentice program significantly reduces the work based and/or training hours required for the trade.
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Fees and Other Costs
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Deposit is due 3 weeks after acceptance into a class. Remaining balance is due 3 months prior to start date of training. Fees are refunded according to the Refund Policy. For detailed fee information see Courses and Timetables.
- Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students making advanced payments for programs/courses or installment payments for current programs, will be required to pay increased rates. The application fee is non-refundable. For more information, see withdrawals and refunds specific to this program.
Note: All course/program information including course/program content, length, admission requirements, prerequisites, start/end dates, postponements and/or cancellation is subject to change without notice.