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Heavy Mechanical - Foundation (2019/20)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$4,485.78
Tuition: $3,660.48
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:82.80
Bus Pass Fee:111.00
Occupational First Aid Level 1 Fee:122.00
Toolbox Fee:250.00
Health and Dental Fee:229.50
Total Fees:$825.30

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

This comprehensive 36 week Heavy Mechanical Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program provides students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary for entry level positions in the heavy mechanical industry and covers the program competencies for Level 1 of the Apprenticeship Programs for the following trades: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician; Truck and Transport Mechanic; Transport Trailer Technician; Diesel Engine Mechanic. Content covered includes occupational skills (safety, and tools, power tools, shop equipment, bearings and seals, cutting and welding procedures), hydraulic systems and brakes, electrical systems, frames, steering and suspension systems, trailer components, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, engines and supporting systems, and powertrains.

The program is taught through regular lectures and demonstrations, and students are given extensive practical training in a heavy mechanical shop setting. Safe work habits are emphasized, reinforced and practiced throughout the program.

Program Information:

Upon successful completion of the 36 week Heavy Mechanical Foundation program, students receive:

  • Level 1 Technical Training credit from the Industry Training Authority for Level Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET);
    Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM);
    Transport Trailer Technician (TTT);
    Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM) Apprenticeship programs
  • 450 Work-based Training hours towards HDET, TTM, TTT, DEM
  • Certificate of Completion Heavy Mechanical Foundation (Industry Training Authority)
  • College of the Rockies Certificate

Admission Requirements

Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.

Recommended prerequisites:
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:

  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
  • English 12

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

Start Dates

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates

Technical Training Content:

HMFP 101 Occupational Skills

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Apply Occupational Health and Safety
  • Use Environmental Practices
  • Use Hand Tools, Power Tools, and Shop Equipment
  • Use Fasteners and Fittings
  • Lift and Support Loads
  • Operate Equipment
  • Use Shop Resources and Record Keeping Practices
  • Service Winch Wire Rope
  • Identify Lubricants
  • Service Bearings and Seals
  • Apply Math and Science
  • Use Electronic Media
  • Use Cutting and Welding Equipment
  • Prepare Job Action
  • Describe Diagnostic Procedures
  • Prepare for Employment

HMFP 102 Brakes

  • Service and Repair Hydraulic Brakes
  • Service and Repair Hydraulic Power Brakes
  • Service and Repair Air Brakes

HMFP 103 Hydraulics

  • Describe Hydraulic Systems
  • Service Hydraulic Components

HMFP 104 Electrical

  • Describe Electricity
  • Use Electrical Testing Instruments
  • Service and Diagnose Batteries
  • Service Charging Systems
  • Service Starting Systems
  • Service Electrical Circuits

HMFP 105 Frames, Steering and Suspension

  • Service and Diagnose Tires, Wheels, and Hubs
  • Service Steering Systems
  • Service, Diagnose and Repair Suspension Systems
  • Remove and Install Undercarriage
  • Diagnose and Repair Frames

HMFP 106 Trailer

  • Service Landing Gear and Trailer Accessories
  • Service and Repair Coupling Systems
  • Service, Diagnose and Repair Trailer Body Components
  • Service, Diagnose and Repair Heating and Refrigeration Systems

HMFP 107 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning

  • Describe, Heating and Air Conditioning Fundamentals
  • Diagnose and Repair Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

HMFP 108 Engines and Supporting Systems

  • Service Engine Support Systems
  • Service Diesel Fuel Supply Systems
  • Service Gasoline Fuel Systems
  • Remove and Install Diesel Engine
  • Service, Diagnose and Repair Electronic Ignition Systems

HMFP 109 Powertrains

  • Service Clutches
  • Service Manual Transmissions
  • Service Torque Converters and Dividers
  • Service Powershift and Automatic Transmissions
  • Service Drivelines
  • Service Drive Axles
  • Service Final Drives
  • Remove and Install Transmissions
  • Remove and Install Drivelines and Differentials
  • Remove and Install Final Drives

HMFP 110 Structural Components and Accessories

  • Identify Protective Structures
  • Service Cab Structures

Program Competencies:

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

  • safely operate H.D. equipment;
  • safely use winching and hoisting equipment;
  • apply basic computer skills;
  • cut, weld and braze;
  • perform routine maintenance and diagnostics;
  • service and repair tires, wheels, hubs and bearings;
  • service and repair wheel machine suspension systems;
  • service and repair wheel machine steering systems;
  • service and repair track machine undercarriage;
  • service and repair track machine steering systems;
  • service and repair track machine final drives;
  • service and repair working attachments;
  • service and repair wire rope, hoists and winches;
  • service diesel engine and support systems;
  • service power trains;
  • service electrical systems;
  • service hydraulic systems;
  • service hydraulic and air brake systems;
  • service industrial compressors and components; and
  • prepare for employment, résumé writing and job search skills.


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