Big equipment is expensive and down time is even more expensive. Skilled mechanics are in constant demand to keep these essential vehicles in top running order for the construction, transportation, mining and forestry industries.
Students in Camosun College’s 39-week Heavy Duty Mechanical Foundation program learn the latest skills in heavy mechanics including how to inspect and repair heavy trucks, commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, drills, bulldozers and other heavy equipment for proper performance. Students also learn to service engines and engine support systems, hydraulic systems, pneumatics, and drive trains. Other skills include adjusting equipment, welding and cutting, repairing or replacing defective parts, components, or systems, using hand and power tools and test equipment. This Level 1, hands-on program starts each September and includes a combination of classroom theory, shop work in Camosun’s new Centre for Trades Education and Innovation, and three weeks of work experience.
Students who choose to apprentice in this trade can continue to build on their skills and become fully Red Seal qualified by taking Level 2, 3 and 4 at Camosun College. Apprenticeship programs allow students to earn while they learn, attending school for only five to 10 weeks each year. In most trades, the starting salary for apprentices is more than twice the minimum wage and students get a raise each year as they progress through their apprenticeship.
Heavy Duty Mechanics are in high demand in BC and many of Camosun’s graduates have found employment in the forestry, mining, fishing and construction industries as well as with equipment dealers, truck repair shops and the commercial truck, bus and van industries.