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North Island College

City:  Courtenay
Province/State:  British Columbia
College WebSite: http://www.nic.bc.ca
Mechanic Programs: Heavy Truck • Heavy Equipment

Heavy Duty & Commercial Transport Mechanics Foundation Program Summary:

The entry-level 36 week curriculum for both the heavy duty mechanic and commercial transport mechanic trades is covered in detail, thus enabling graduates to enter either specialty.

Students learn essential skills in shop safety, work habits, and caring for tools and equipment. Modules cover rigging, loading blocking and moving loads; using hoses, fasteners and fittings; welding; winches and working attachments; brakes; hydraulics; fuel systems; electrical systems; and internal combustion theory, to name a few. Students are also familiarized with record keeping, writing service reports, using trade-specific software and the basic principles of drafting.

To enter the heavy duty trade, you are required to successfully complete a Heavy Duty & Commercial Transport Foundation program (modules).

On successful completion of this program and upon entering into an apprenticeship, graduates are eligible to receive technical training credit and 600 hours of work based credit towards their apprenticeship hours requirement.

Program Contact Details:
Student Services
Toll Free: 1-800-715-0914
Email: [email protected]

Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Program Summary:

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to ensure your trade qualifications meet current industry standards.

HVA 100 Level 1, 6 weeks – Campbell River

North Island College works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality. For upcoming apprenticeship training schedules view the Schedules tab. For more information on Apprenticeships visit the ITA website at www.itabc.ca.

Program Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]
Campbell River Campus
Contact: Sandra Billard
Phone: 250-923-9710

Port Alberni Campus
Contact: Jane Nielsen
Phone: 250-724-8703

Comox Valley Campus
Contact: Sharon Bouchard
Phone: 250-334-5017

North Island College (NIC) is a comprehensive community college serving Northern Vancouver Island and the Central Coast of British Columbia since 1975. NIC offers adult basic education, academic, career, vocational, technical, and trades training programs. Credentials include four year degrees in Nursing, Fine Arts, and Business Administration, two year Associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Close to snow capped mountains, pristine lakes and streams, and the Pacific Ocean, campuses are located in Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Port Hardy with smaller centres in Ucluelet, Gold River, Cortes, and Bella Coola. While our locations provide a lifestyle sought after by nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, NIC’s expert faculty provide students with quality instruction in reasonable class sizes.

Areas of Expertise

Amongst the 70 unique credit programs that are available, three are worth highlighting: the Aircraft Structures Technician program, which is designed to address an expected shortage of trained personnel in the British Columbia aerospace industry; the Fine Arts undergraduate degree program that is offered in collaboration with Emily Carr Institute; and NIC’s Computer Science program that places grads all over the country. You don’t have to attend a big city technical college to get equivalent training.