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Heavy Duty Equipment Technician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $670 per level
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: Pam Eales 250.784.7605 or
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Pam Eales, Trades & Apprenticeship Coordinator

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact NLC for the next opening.

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

ITA Source: 'Heavy Duty Equipment Technician ' profile.


Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians maintain, manufacture, recondition, overhaul and repair equipment powered by internal combustion engines or electricity. This equipment includes graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types used in construction, logging, sawmill, manufacturing, mining and other similar industry settings.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 24 weeks. Each level is six weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6000 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 200 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:
  • Occupational Skills
  • Brakes
  • Hydraulics
  • Electrical
  • Frames, Steering and Suspension
  • Trailer
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Engines and Supporting Systems
  • Powertrains
  • Structural Components and Accessories



  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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