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Vancouver Community College

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

Heavy Equipment and Commercial Transport Pre-Apprenticeship Program Summary:

This program originated in 1949 at the Vancouver Vocational Institute. In 1983, the program moved to new facilities at the Broadway campus. For over fifty years the program has placed highly trained graduates in every branch of the industry and is recognized by hundreds of firms throughout BC. In its modern and well-equipped shop, students work on equipment in as close to actual shop conditions as possible to prepare them for their chosen field of interest.

The Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Program (which is structured in three levels) is an Industry Recognized 9 month entry-level program, which, upon completion, enables students to choose from the following trades: Heavy Duty Mechanic, Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic, Diesel Engine Mechanic and Marine Engineering.

Students successfully completing this program are issued a VCC Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Combined Foundation Certificate.

 

Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprenticeship Program:

The Heavy Duty Mechanic training program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the heavy duty equipment industry.

Apprentice training at VCC for heavy duty mechanics is designed to meet the needs of both the student and industry by providing a comprehensive and up-to-date training experience. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.

There are four training sessions offered over a four-year period. Levels 1, 2 and 3 are each four and one half weeks in length (180 hours). Level 4 is 6 weeks long (240 hours). Level 1 covers hydraulics and a variety of braking systems. Level 2 advances the apprentice’s skills in servicing diesel engines. Level 3 provides the apprentice with competency in electrical and electronic systems. Level 4 completes the training with students developing skills in power train components and air conditioning systems. Students train in classrooms and shops at VCC’s facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the diesel equipment labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. Students supply their own coveralls and safety equipment. Hand tools are supplied while the apprentice is a student at VCC.

 

Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice Program:

This technical training program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the commercial transport industry. Technical training at VCC for commercial transport mechanics is designed to meet the needs of both the student and industry by providing a thorough and up-to-date training experience. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.

There are four training sessions offered over a four-year period. Levels 1, 2 and 3 are each four and one half weeks in length (180 hours). Level 4 is 6 weeks long (240 hours). Level 1 covers the servicing of wheels, hubs and brakes and introduces electrical and electronic systems, cabs, bodies and accessories. Level 2 advances the apprentice’s skills in servicing drive trains, engines and engine support systems. Level 3 increases the apprentice’s competency in electrical and electronic systems and the servicing of fuel engines. Level 4 completes the training by strengthening and increasing the apprentice’s skills in servicing engines and engine support and fuel systems.

Students train in classrooms and shops at VCC’s facility at the Broadway campus in Vancouver. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the diesel equipment lab to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. Students supply their own coveralls and safety equipment. Hand tools are supplied while the apprentice is a student at VCC.

 

Program Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 604.871.7041

Vancouver Community College is British Columbia’s No. 1 college and we are proud of our 41 year history of providing high quality programs to Canadian and international students. We know that choosing the right college in Canada is a big decision and an important investment in your future, so VCC’s highly qualified faculty and dedicated team of support staff are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

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