What you will learn
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Apply foundational and essential job skills
- Work in accordance with occupational health and safety standards
- Service and repair brake systems (hydraulic and air)
- Service hydraulic systems
- Service and diagnose electrical systems and components
- Service, diagnose, and repair frames, steering and suspensions
- Service, diagnose, and repair trailer landing gear, accessories, systems and components
- Diagnose and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and components
- Service engine supporting systems
- Remove and install diesel engines
- Service drive train systems
- Remove and install transmissions, drivelines, differentials, and final drives
- Service cab structures and components
What to expect
Instructional activities throughout the program include hands-on practice in school and the workplace, student-led group discussions and presentations, interactive lectures, work report projects, case studies, reflective journaling, and role-play.
Red Seal Essential Skills for Success are integrated throughout the program.
The program is delivered in the classroom, VCC shop, online, and in the workplace.
- English 10 or equivalent
- Apprentice and Workplace Math 10, or equivalent
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
Good physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling and reaching. It is strongly recommended that the applicant take the ITA?‘essential skills’?assessment or equivalent self-assessment. This will help in determining if additional education prior to attending this program is required.
Some important attributes of the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Student are:
- Analytical skills
- Ability to read and understand service manuals
- Mathematical aptitude
They also demonstrate the ability to:
- Communicate effectively
- Work with little or no supervision
- Contribute to a team approach
- Plan and work sequentially
- Adapt to changing technology
- Problem solve
Key attributes for people entering this trade are mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, stamina and agility. Communication skills and patience are also important. Other assets are good vision, hearing, and sense of smell to diagnose problems. This occupation may require a valid driver’s license with air endorsement and/or a forklift operator’s certificate.
Program general hours
Monday to Thursday 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This program must be completed within two years.
|HMEC?1101||Safe Work Practices||1|
|HMEC?1106||Tools and Equipment 1||1|
|HMEC?1107||Tools and Equipment 2||1|
|HMEC?1111||Fasteners and Fittings||1|
|HMEC?1126||Lubricants and Bearings||1|
|HMEC?1160||Cutting and Welding 1||1|
|HMEC?1161||Cutting and Welding 2||1|
|HMEC?1165||Math, Science and Loads||1|
|HMEC?1170||Final Drives and Undercarriage||1|
|HMEC?1175||Frames, Wheels, Tires and Hubs||1|
|HMEC?1240||Suspension Systems 1||1|
|HMEC?1241||Suspension Systems 2||1|
|HMEC?1250||Hydraulic System Service||1|
|HMEC?1260||Batteries & Elect Test Instrum||1|
|HMEC?1265||Starters and Charging Systems||1|
|HMEC?1270||Electrical Circuits & Protective Coverings||1|
|HMEC?1275||Hydraulic Brakes Systems||1|
|HMEC?1285||Air Brakes 1||1|
|HMEC?1315||Air Brakes 2||1|
|HMEC?1320||Heating & Air Conditioning Sys||1|
|HMEC?1325||Landing Gear, Trailers & Coupl||1|
|HMEC?1335||Diesel Fuel & Engine Supp Syst||1|
|HMEC?1340||Diesel Engine Removal||1|
|HMEC?1345||Diesel Engine Installation||1|
|HMEC?1350||Gas Fuel Systems and Ignition||1|
|HMEC?1365||Drive Axles and Differentials||1|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
1138 - Term 1
1138 - Term 2
1138 - Term 3
0 - Term 4
|Materials||332||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||275|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|