Applied and Technical Studiesufv.ca/trades
At UFV, we can put students on the road towards a career as a heavy duty, commercial transport, or agriculture technician by teaching them how to service and repair equipment such as trucks, crawler units, and farm tractors. The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program will prepare students for entry into the provincial apprenticeship program, or for entry directly into employment. Students will develop skills needed to work in the trade.
Theory and shop procedures are set up to simulate job conditions, so punctuality and good work habits are essential. This program exceeds the provincial standards of Foundation and ELTT programs taught throughout B.C.
UFV allows high school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their grade 12 year. For more information, contact your district/school career counsellor. You may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared for employment in the equipment industry. Potential employers include logging, trucking, bus companies, mining, and agricultural shops.
High-school completion is strongly recommended for career success. In addition to UFV’s general university admission requirements, which include the English Language Proficiency Requirement, students must meet the following entrance requirements for admission.
Note: Students who have not been in any schooling for more than three years are strongly advised to take the recommended mathematics assessment test to determine level of preparedness. The assessment test may identify areas that require strengthening to optimize the opportunities for program success. In most cases, upgrading can be taken simultaneously with the program.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Heavy Mechanical Foundation students should also budget up to $1200 for basic hand tools, approximately $1000 for required textbooks, and up to $300 for appropriate working apparel.
Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which typically takes place one or two months before the start of the program. The balance of fees must be paid by the end of the second week of classes.
A medical statement from a qualified physician may be required at any time before or during the program. Students will be notified by a UFV official if/when the statement is required.
The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program is located in the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Classes and shops may be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday to Friday.
The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program starts in September and ends the following May.
The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program requires continuous attendance to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes for the duration of the entire program.
Students must meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Students must complete all requirements with a minimum of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.
Students who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the program end date, may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than the program end date of the following year. See upgrading policy for more details.
Students must apply for graduation by completing a Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/admissions/forms. We recommend this be done at the beginning of your final semester.
Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).
If a student wishes not to continue, he or she will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.
Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program. Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with attendance, conduct, or program policies, or UFV policies including: Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).
The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.
An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.
Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.
Students who begin a trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry to the program provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is conditional based on space availability and instructor permission, and if the curriculum has not changed.
If you are absent more than one year you will be required to apply for re-admission. An Application for admission form and Application fee will be required.
The Heavy Mechanical Foundation program starts in September and ends in May.
Students must show that they understand the theory by successfully completing a written test for each unit and then applying it to an acceptable level of practical skills as assigned in that unit. The learning materials may include home access to the internet, printed handouts, worksheets, video clips, display boards, lab manuals, and instruction.
At regular stages you will be required to move to a shop or lab area to perform various tasks in order to develop your practical skills. As much as possible, study lab and shop instruction is patterned after "on-the-job" situations, where a limited amount of direct supervision is required.
The training follows a modular system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills, and builds on these to develop intermediate and specialized skills required in this industry.
All unit tests and assigned practicals must be completed with a passing grade before writing the final exam, which is scheduled in May.
The Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship program is designed for people already working in the trade and registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). UFV offers all four levels of technical training.
Level 1 – 10 weeks
Level 2 – 8 weeks
Level 3 – 6 weeks
Level 4 – 4 weeks
These sessions are necessary to achieve journeyperson certification along with the appropriate on-the-job training. For information call 604-847-5448 or email email@example.com.