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Mining Apprenticeship Program - Apprenticeship (2018/19)

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Program Overview

This exceptional apprenticeship training program is delivered using a new innovative training model. MAP is designed to train participants for positions/careers as Heavy Duty Equipment Technician or Electricians. Apprenticeship Work Experience (AWE) will take place at the worksite of the MAP partners under actual operating conditions. Technical training consisting of classroom lectures, demonstrations and practice of current shop techniques will be delivered at the College of the Rockies. Apprentices are trained in a common core of practical skills that meet the current Apprenticeship Heavy Duty Mechanic curriculum or Electrical curriculum; however, emphasis is placed on the development of solid practical maintenance knowledge for heavy duty equipment in the open pit coal mining industry or electrical operations in the coal mining industry.

The College recruits into this program as the need arises and the Apprentice Work Experience opportunities become available. To enter/apply to this program, students must go through the College hiring process as posted on the College Website. Successful applicants are college employees and the salary is based on the MAP scale.

Apprentices can expect to work at several MAP partner work locations during their apprenticeship which provides for a wide range of practical hands-on learning experiences on a variety of equipment while working with different MAP partners and under varying workplace policies and procedures. MAP apprentices are provided access to the College of the Rockies Learning Support Centre to assist them in the development of their computer, math, writing and communication skills.

MAP Apprentices are required to undergo a short orientation course at the College and at their respective Apprenticeship Work Experience site.

Admission Requirements

  • Secondary school graduation or equivalent, AND
  • Must be graduate of a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician or Electrical Foundation Program or have successfully challenged the Entry Level Trades Training program through the Industry Training Authority.
  • One or more years of apprenticeship training experience in this trade or a related trade is an asset.

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit www.itabc.ca

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • understand and apply safe work practices in the workplace;
  • assume the role of Heavy Duty Equipment Technician or Electrician in industry with emphasis on equipment maintenance, troubleshooting and repair;
  • process technical information including diagnostics, record keeping and parts selection using computers and manuals;
  • use a wide variety of electronic equipment, hand and power tools; and
  • apply routine maintenance, rebuilding and emergency repairs to mobile/electrical equipment on a scheduled and unscheduled basis.

Technical Training Content:

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

Year 1

  • Service advanced hydraulic systems
  • Service advanced hydraulic braking systems
  • Service advanced air brake systems
  • Service hydraulic anti-lock brake systems
  • Service air anti-lock brake systems
  • Service compressors, starters, controllers and accessories
  • Service advanced steering systems

Year 2

  • Service diesel engines
  • Service gasoline and alternate fuel engines
  • Service electrical circuits
  • Service engine support systems

Year 3

  • Service advanced electrical circuits
  • Service diesel fuel systems
  • Service electronic diesel fuel systems
  • Service gasoline fuel injection systems

Year 4

  • Service clutches
  • Service standard transmissions and drivelines
  • Service drive axles and final drives
  • Service torque converters, powershift and automatic transmissions systems
  • Service vehicle retarders
  • Service air conditioning systems


Level 1

  • Fundamentals
  • DC Circuits
  • Electromagnetism and Applications
  • Meters and Test Equipment – Part 1
  • Electrical Prints and Drawings
  • AC Motor Controls - Part 1
  • Electrical Code and Wiring – Part 1
  • Industrial Power Electronics – Part 1

Level 2

  • Alternating Current Fundamentals
  • Meters and Test Equipment – Part 2
  • Single Phase Alternating Current Circuits
  • Circuit Protection Devices
  • Single-Phase Transformers
  • Alternating Current Motor Controls – Part 2
  • Lighting
  • Industrial Power Electronics – Part 2
  • Electrical Code and Wiring – Part 2

Level 3

  • Three-Phase Alternating Current Circuits
  • Three-Phase Transformers
  • Direct-Current Machines and Controls
  • Alternating Current Machines
  • Alternating Current Motor Controls – Part 3
  • Industrial Power Electronics – Part 3
  • Electrical Code and Wiring – Part 3
  • Final Examination

Level 4

  • Applied Trade Concepts
  • Industrial Computing
  • Digital Logic
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • High Voltage Installations
  • Modern Building Systems
  • Automated Control Systems
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Electrical Code and Print Reading

Essential Skills Developed in this Program:

Skills for Busy Students

  • Manage study time effectively
  • Set educational priorities and goals
  • Recognize personal learning style
  • Use effective note-taking strategies
  • Develop problem-solving and memory skills
  • Practice strategies to succeed at exams and tests
  • Use support systems and College resources

Research Skills

  • Use the internet to locate information and evaluate information
  • Understand what constitutes plagiarism in academic writing
  • Cite, save and print information for research


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