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Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 1855dipma


January 2021 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

This diploma program prepares you for apprenticeship with the latest heavy duty truck technologies (HDTT). Learn about, and work with, the future of transportation while gaining manufacturer level certifications. Courses are delivered in-class, online and in the shop, just as they are by major employers in the industry. This innovative program includes management courses to ensure you are ready for many high-demand positions and advancement opportunities.

Support from major manufacturers is achieved through study of their online course materials, specific engines and products. In depth diagnostic skills are achieved through this program, going beyond the National Red Seal Occupational Standards and B.C. curriculum with courses including: electric vehicle propulsion, fuel cells, power generation, A/C motor control and mobile refrigeration.

The program

This program has four technical training terms plus one 15-week paid co-op work term, providing more time spent per topic than traditional heavy duty truck apprenticeship training.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Heavy Duty Truck Technology Diploma and qualify for credit towards the first three levels of the technical training requirements in the provincial common core heavy mechanical trades apprenticeship: heavy duty equipment technician, truck transport mechanic, transport trailer technician, diesel engine mechanic, and up to 900 hours of time in trade requirement.

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements, we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete. Qualified applicants will be contacted to attend an informational interview with the program area.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Minimum 12 months work or industry experience.

  • Knowledge and background in the industry is an asset.

  • A driver’s licence is strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops (a course completion requirement).

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an Heavy Duty Truck Technology Information Session for additional program details.

  • High school graduation is recommended by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Please refer to the ITA website for current apprenticeship prerequisite information.

  • Applicants with medical or physical disabilities should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview.

International applicants

This program is not accepting applications from international students at this time. A notification will be posted on this web page when the program is available to international applicants. View available programs

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To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change.

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Direct entry

If you have previously completed Heavy Mechanical Trades training, you may be eligible to apply for direct entry to term 2 of the Heavy Duty Truck Technology program.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Submit the following with your online application:

  • Proof of meeting all general entrance requirements
  • Proof of completion of one of the following:
    • Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation (at any post secondary in BC) or
    • ITA level 1 of Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprenticeship

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$900 (general estimated cost, subject to change).


Class hours

0630–1430, Tuesday to Friday

Program delivery

A mixture of classroom, learning labs and workshop will be used for program delivery, with some courses including online course content. Classes run four days a week, providing the potential to work a few days weekly, and possibly accumulate additional hours towards your apprenticeship completion.

Program matrix

Term 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  HDTT 1001 Occupational Skills 8.0
  HDTT 1010 Brakes 4.0
  HDTT 1020 Hydraulics 4.0
  HDTT 1030 Electrical 5.0
  HDTT 1040 Frames, Steering, Suspension 3.0
  HDTT 1050 Trailer 2.0
  HDTT 1060 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 2.0
  HDTT 1070 Structural Components 2.0
Term 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  HDTT 2001 Electrical Diagnostics 4.0
  HDTT 2010 Engine and Supporting Systems 11.5
  HDTT 2020 Advanced Frames, Steering and Suspension 2.0
  HDTT 2030 Advanced Hydraulics 2.0
  HDTT 2040 Advanced Brakes 2.5
  HDTT 2050 Communication for the Workshop 2.0
  HDTT 2060 Service Operations 2.0
  HDTT 2070 Mobile Refrigeration 4.0
Co-op Work Term (15 weeks) Credits
  HDTT 3990 Co-op Work Term 15.0
Term 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  HDTT 3001 Powertrain 12.0
  HDTT 3010 Detroit Diesel Engines 1.5
  HDTT 3020 Detroit Diesel Diagnostics 1.5
  HDTT 3030 Detroit Diesel After-Treatment 3.0
  HDTT 3040 Power Generation 1.5
  HDTT 3050 Cummins Engines 2.5
  HDTT 3060 Paccar MX Engines 3.0
  HDTT 3070 Communication Skills for the Heavy Duty Truck Industry 2.5
  HDTT 3080 Service Management Financial Concepts 2.5
Term 4 (15 weeks) Credits
  HDTT 4001 Emerging Technologies 13.0
  HDTT 4010 Research Technology Projects 4.0
  HDTT 4020 Capstone Project 6.0
  HDTT 4030 CVSE/CVSA Vehicle Inspection 2.0
  HDTT 4040 Vehicle Software Programming 2.0
  HDTT 4050 Prepare for Certification Exam 1.0
  HDTT 4060 AC Motors and Control 2.0
Total Credits: 135.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

This program runs 20 months, full time.


The minimum passing grade for each course is 70 percent.

All courses must be successfully completed to recieve the credential.

Program location

Annacis Island Campus
1608 Cliveden Avenue
Delta, BC
V3M 6M2

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Co-operative education

450 hours of paid cooperative work integrated learning is included in this diploma. The co-op term typically occurs between terms 2 and 3.

Graduating & Jobs

Be ready for a career with major industry employers in a variety of positions, which could include:

  • Red Seal heavy duty or commercial transport technician
  • generator technician
  • parts person
  • service advisor
  • roles in service management

This program will fast track your career. If you have some mechanical experience and work history, an ability to relate to highly technical content, and a desire to engage with industry, this is the program you have been looking for.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Cummins Western Canada
  • Cullen Western Star
  • Douglas Lake Equipment
  • First Truck
  • Peterbilt Pacific
  • Kiewit
  • Coldfront
  • Power West Industries
  • Westerra
  • Williams Machinery

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Bruce Thompson
Chief Instructor

Tony Upton
Chief Instructor

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