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Heavy mechanical

Get your Heavy Mechanical Certification

The Heavy Mechanical trade has four streams of qualifications. The two main streams consist of four levels of training with ten weeks for Level 1, eight weeks for Level 2, six weeks for Level 3, and four weeks for Level 4. 

In Level 4, you have to the option to specialize in either Truck and Transport Mechanic (Commercial Transport) or Heavy Duty Equipment Technician. After completion of your Level 4 apprenticeship, you should be prepared to write the Interprovincial Examination leading to final Red Seal certification. UFV offers all 4 Levels of training. Upon successful completion of your 4 levels of training you will earn your Heavy Mechanical Red Seal certification as designated under Skilled Trades BC Interprovincial Red Seal program. Earning your certification marks you as a skilled worker, opening job opportunities for you across Canada.

The other two streams of training are the Transport Trailer Trade and the Diesel Engine Trade. Both of these streams are two year apprenticeship trades; however, only the Transport Trailer Trade is Interprovincial Red Seal Certified. The Diesel Engine Trade is a certificate of qualification.

The Transport Trailer Trade stream begins at the Heavy Mechanical Foundations level and once you complete the program and the required hours with your employer you will return to a training provider to complete your second level of training which will consist of four weeks.

For the Diesel Engine Trade stream you will complete the Level 1 apprenticeship or the Heavy Mechanical Foundations program and once you complete the required hours with your employer you will return to a training provider to complete your second level of training which will consist of eight weeks.

Please confirm with your employer which stream of training you require as they will know which one you need for the type of work you are involved in. Once you confirm the stream you will need to register properly with Skilled Trades BC who will adjust your profile accordingly. 

If you are not currently working as a Heavy Mechanical Technician, you will need to enroll in UFV's Heavy Mechanical Foundation program to gain the entry-level skills needed to secure employment. As a graduate of the program, you get advanced apprenticeship placement when you find an employer to sponsor you.

 

Upcoming schedule

Level 1

October 7, 2024 to December 13, 2024 - Accepting applications

Class for 2024 - TBD accepting application on Education Planner BC

Level 2

January 6, 2025 to February 28, 2025 - waitlist exceeds this class

Next class - TBD accepting applications on Education Planner BC

Level 3

March 10, 2025 to April 18, 2025 - Open, accepting applications

Next class - TBD accepting applications on Education Planner BC

Level 4

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

April 22, 2024 to May 17, 2024 - Accepting applications

Next class - TBD accepting applications on Education Planner BC

 

Truck and Transport Mechanic

September 3, 2024 to September 27, 2024 - Accepting applications

Next class - TBD accepting applications on Education Planner BC


Information above is as of April 9, 2024.  Please note: this schedule is subject to change

Class days/hours

Monday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Please email trades@ufv.ca if you have any questions.

Steps to apply

  1. Submit an online application through the UFV portal for the Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship program (please note you will apply for apprenticeship but not a specific level as that will be determined in step 2).
  2. You will then receive an email, to the email address you submitted on the application, asking for additional information (level required, Skilled Trades BC apprenticeship no., sponsor/employer, etc).
  3. You will then be scheduled for the next available intake.

Apprenticeship Tax Credits

If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship program administered through the Skilled Trades BC, you may qualify to receive grants and subsidies.

Please visit the Skilled Trades BC website for more information.

There are also tax credits available for employers sponsoring students through their apprenticeships.

Fees and costs

Heavy Mechanical apprenticeship level 1 [10 weeks]
  2023-2024 2022-2023
Tuition/week $132.59 $129.99
Ancillary fee/credit $13.26 $13.00

Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/credit

$2.65 $2.60
Tuition and fees (per week) $148.50 $145.59
Student union & society fees (per semester) $165.90 $161.50
Health & dental plan fee (Sept - Aug)
n/a n/a
Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 1 - estimated total tuition and fees $1,650.90 $1,617.40

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

 

Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 2 [8 weeks]
  2023-2024 2022-2023
Tuition/week $132.59 $129.99
Ancillary fee/credit $13.26 $13.00
Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/credit $2.65 $2.60
Tuition and fees (per week) $148.50 $145.59
Student union & society fees (per semester) $165.90 $161.50
Health & dental plan fee (Sept - Aug)
n/a n/a
Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 2 - estimated total tuition and fees $1,353.90 $1,326.22

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

 

Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 3 [6 weeks]
  2023-2024 2022-2023
Tuition/week $132.59 $129.99
Ancillary fee/credit $13.26 $13.00
Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/credit $2.65 $2.60
Tuition and fees (per week) $148.50 $145.59
Student union & society fees (per semester) $165.90 $161.50
Health & dental plan fee (Sept - Aug)
n/a n/a
Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 3 - estimated total tuition and fees $1,056.90 $1,035.04

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

 

Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 4H and 4C [4 weeks]
  2023-2024 2022-2023
Tuition/week $132.59 $129.99
Ancillary fee/credit $13.26 $13.00
Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/credit $2.65 $2.60
Tuition and fees (per week) $148.50 $145.59
Student union & society fees (per semester) $165.90 $161.50
Health & dental plan fee (Sept - Aug)
n/a n/a
Heavy mechanical apprenticeship level 4H or 4C - estimated total tuition and fees for each level $759.90 $743.86

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

 

 

Additional program costs for Heavy Mechanical apprenticeships

  • Level 1 textbooks — $350.00
  • Level 2 textbooks — $235.00
  • Level 3 textbooks — $350.00
  • Level 4 textbooks — $200.00

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