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Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation


The Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Certificate prepares students for work and apprenticeships in the Heavy Duty, Truck and Transport, Diesel Engine, and Transport Trailer trades. Upon successful completion of this 36 week- full-time program, graduates will possess the basic knowledge and skills required to safely service, maintain, diagnose, repair, and operate the equipment or vehicles related to these trades at an apprentice Level One. Additionally, they will have completed the Industry Training Authority (ITA) Level One technical training for apprenticeship in any of the four transportation trades.

Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation students inspect, service, and repair heavy trucks, commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, drills, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for proper performance. They may also perform limited diagnostics on vehicles and equipment to determine the extent of the required repair. Students have the opportunity to develop the ability to work on engines and engine support systems, hydraulic systems, pneumatics, and drive trains and perform general maintenance and repairs including adjusting equipment, welding and cutting, repairing or replacing defective parts, components or systems, and using hand and power tools and test equipment.

Program Hours: The Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program runs Monday to Thursday from 7:15 am to 2:30 pm

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Program one-pager
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Feb, May, Jul, Sep, Nov 9 months Certificate Annacis Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Apply foundational and essential job skills
  2. Work in accordance with occupational health and safety standards
  3. Service and repair brake systems (hydraulic and air)
  4. Service hydraulic systems
  5. Service and diagnose electrical systems and components
  6. Service, diagnose, and repair frames, steering and suspensions
  7. Service, diagnose, and repair trailer landing gear, accessories, systems and components
  8. Diagnose and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and components
  9. Service engine supporting systems
  10. Remove and install diesel engines
  11. Service drive train systems
  12. Remove and install transmissions, drivelines, differentials, and final drives
  13. Service cab structures and components

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

Instructional activities throughout the program include hands-on practice in school and the workplace, student-led group discussions and presentations, interactive lectures, work report projects, case studies, reflective journaling, and role-play.

Red Seal Essential Skills for Success are integrated throughout the program.

The program is delivered in the classroom, VCC shop, online, and in the workplace.

Program Duration

This full-time program is delivered over 3 terms for a total of 36 weeks. Classes are held 4 days per week. Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete the program.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Learning is evaluated through practical assignments, projects, theory quizzes and exams, and practical exams. Students are also evaluated on their attendance, active participation, and teamwork. Safe work practices are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the program.

Students must complete all courses with a minimum grade of 70%, consistent with ITA standards.


VCC Annacis Island campus
1608 Cliveden Avenue
Delta, British Columbia V3M 6M2

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

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 16 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.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • English 10, or equivalent
  • Apprentice and Workplace Math 10, or equivalent

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $3,216.96
Student Union Fee $111.42
College Initiative Fee $92.45
Laundry Fee $370.19
Uniform Fee $95 Refundable Deposit
Student Union Health Plan Fee $292.08
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $369
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$128.68 - Campus Resource Fee
$312.12 - Material Fee
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(HMEC 1101) Safe Work Practices
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1106) Tools and Equipment 1
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1107) Tools and Equipment 2
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1111) Fasteners and Fittings
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1116) Equipment Operation
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1126) Lubricants and Bearings
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1131) Employment Skills
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1160) Cutting and Welding 1
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1161) Cutting and Welding 2
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1165) Math, Science and Loads
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1170) Final Drives and Undercarriage
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1175) Frames, Wheels, Tires and Hubs
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1.0 credits


Term 2

(HMEC 1235) Steering Systems
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1240) Suspension Systems 1
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1241) Suspension Systems 2
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1245) Hydraulic Systems
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1250) Hydraulic Systems Service
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1255) Electricity
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1260) Batteries and Electrical Test Instruments
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1265) Starters and Charging Systems
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1270) Electrical Circuits, Cab and Protective Structures
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1275) Hydraulic Brakes Systems
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1280) Power Brakes
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1285) Air Brakes 1
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1.0 credits


Term 3

(HMEC 1315) Air Brakes 2
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1320) Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1325) Landing Gear, Trailers and Couplings
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1330) Trailer Components
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1335) Diesel Fuel and Engine Support Systems
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1340) Diesel Engine Removal
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1345) Diesel Engine Installation
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1350) Gasoline Fuel Systems and Ignition
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1355) Transmissions
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1360) Drivelines
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1365) Drive Axles and Differentials
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1.0 credits
(HMEC 1370) Employment Preparation
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1.0 credits