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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 the Industry Training Authority's (ITA)  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 the Industry Training Authority who will adjust your profile accordingly. 

If you are not currently working as a Heavy Mechanical Technician, you will need to enrol 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
2022: Date to be determined, accepting applications
Level 2

September 2021: full

January 2022: full

January 2023: full

NOTE: New applications waitlisted

Level 3

 March 2021: Full

 March 2022: Full

 NOTE: New applications waitlisted

Level 4

 April 2021 Heavy Duty Program: Full

 September 2022 Commercial Transport: Seat available

 April 2023 Heavy Duty Program: Seats Available


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, ITA #, 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 Industry Training Authority (ITA), you may qualify to receive grants and subsidies.

Please visit the ITA 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 — fees and costs 2020/21
Length 10 weeks
Tuition $1,399.30
Student Fees $158.45
Total $1557.75

 

Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 2 — fees and costs 2020/21
Length 8 weeks
Tuition $1,119.44
Student Fees $158.45
Total $1277.89

 

Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 3 — fees and costs 2020/21
Length 6 weeks
Tuition $839.58
Student Fees $158.45
Total $998.03

 

Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 4H and 4C — fees and costs 2020/21
Length 4 weeks
Tuition $559.72
Student Fees $158.45
Total $718.17

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice. Revised: January 2021

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