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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


There are a few ways of beginning your new career as a heavy mechanical trades apprentice:

  1. Take our Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program. By working through a series of practical projects and assignments and theory assignments you'll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to make you more employable in an entry-level position. By successfully completing the program, you will also receive credit for the in-school portion of Level 1 of our Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprenticeship training.
  2. Find employment within heavy mechanical trades with an employer who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an heavy mechanical trades apprentice, learning basic skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.
  3. You may be granted credit for the completion of Level One of Heavy Mechanical Trades by successfully passing the Level 1 Exam through the ITA, or by having your employer complete an exemption request form and submitting it to the ITA.

Recommended for success

Grade 10 education or equivalent*, including:

*High school graduation is preferred.

Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

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

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

View our full Admissions and Registration Privacy Notice


Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your training request within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


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.

Program matrix

Level 1 (10 weeks) Credits
  AHMT 1GAP Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade 20.0
Level 2 (8 weeks) Credits
  AHMT 2GAP Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade 16.0
Level 3 (6 weeks) Credits
  AHMT 3GAP Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade 12.0
Total Credits: 24.0

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

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.

Note: An alternate and flexible model of Level 1 Apprenticeship delivery is being piloted beginning on February 26th, 2019 and ending May 31st, 2019. This mixed in-class/online model will be begin with 2 weeks of required attendance at school, followed by 10 weeks of interactive online learning, quizzes and exams. Once this period ends, you will be required to attend a final 2 weeks of class to complete all of your Level 1 practical evaluations.

This model allows the employer to retain the apprentice during the 10 weeks of online learning, and also allows the apprentice to earn income while at work. This model will work well for those with a solid understanding of Level 1 outcomes, time in trade, and a high degree of computer literacy.

  • In-class:* Feb 26 - Mar 8, 2019
  • Online & Workplace: Mar 11 - May 17, 2019 (approximately 9 hours of course work per week)
  • In-class:* May 21 - May 31, 2019 (practical evaluations)

*In-class hours are 06:30 - 14:30, Tuesday to Friday, at the Annacis Island Campus


Minimum passing grade is 70%.

Program location

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

Graduating & Jobs


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 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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