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Overview

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

There are four apprenticeship paths for the Heavy Mechanical Trades with differing levels of technical training required for each. The four apprentice programs are:

  • Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM) (formerly Commercial Transport)
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET) (formerly Heavy Duty Mechanic)
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM)
  • Transport Trailer Technician (TTT)

The Program

The structure of the Heavy Mechanical Trades apprentice programs is common training for Level 1 up to Level 3, followed by trade specific training. Apprentices register in their trade with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and attend the required common and trade-specific technical training at BCIT, depending on their pathway.

The technical training levels that are required for completion in each of the apprenticeship programs are as follows:

Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM)
Level 1, 2, 3 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Level 4 Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM)
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET)
Level 1, 2, 3 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Level 4 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET)
Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM)
Level 1, 2 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Note: Registration in this trade will be at the ITA only. Apprentices complete the HMT levels at BCIT.
Transport Trailer Technician (TTT)
Level 1 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Level 2 Transport Trailer Technician (TTT)

Please see the web pages for each individual apprenticeship program for the time learning on the job, number of years, and further details required to complete certification in each of the specific trades.

Please visit the Industry Training Authority (ITA) website for more detailed information.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Students must be registered as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to attend apprentice technical training.

Heavy Mechanical Trades placement:

Effective Fall 2017, the Commercial Transport and Heavy Duty Mechanic streams of apprenticeship have been changed to common core Heavy Mechanical Trades training for Levels 1 to 3 with trade specific training for Level 4.

There are three ways that an apprentice may be granted credit for completion of Module One for Heavy Mechanical Trades:

  1. Attend an entry level technical course from the Heavy Mechanical Trade Foundation.
  2. Successfully pass the Module One Level Exam through the ITA.
  3. Your employer may complete an exemption request form and return it to the Industry Training Authority.

Foundation technical training:

  • Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation:
    Graduates may begin apprenticeship training at Level 2 of Heavy Mechanical Trades.

  • Heavy Duty Mechanic or Diesel Engine Foundation:
    Graduates will start apprenticeship training at Level 1 of Heavy Mechanical Trades.

Recommended for success

The following are recommended, not required, and are used as a guideline for success in this apprenticeship program.

Potential students with medical or physical disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview with the institute's rehabilitation specialist.

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

Apply to program

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program.

Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

myCommunication

Within two weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter provides instruction on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

Students will be required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

There is an approved book list for the Heavy Duty mechanic apprenticeship. These books are available at the BCIT Bookstore on the Burnaby campus.

The Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprenticeship program includes home study that apprentices are required to complete during each level of their technical training. The home study material is available at the BCIT Bookstore and should be bought by the apprentice prior to each level of technical training.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0630-1430, Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday, depending on the start date.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

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

The total number of levels of technical training and amount of in-school training hours for Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprenticeship varies by apprentice program. See the specific apprentice programs for their training requirements:

Regardless of the program, each level of technical training has the following durations:

  • Level 1 - 10 weeks
  • Level 2 - 8 weeks*
  • Level 3 - 6 weeks
  • Level 4 - 4 weeks

*Transport Trailer Technician (TTT) Level 2 is 4 weeks.

During your time at BCIT, 50% of the time will be spent in a classroom environment and 50% will be spent working on equipment in our shops.

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 70%.

Program location

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

Graduating & Jobs

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

BCIT does not offer a credential for Trailer Transport Technician or Diesel Engine Mechanic.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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