Heavy Mechanical Technology


Learn the tools and techniques used in the professional inspection, service, and repair of commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, and other heavy equipment.

Tuition: 38801*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Jan

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to perform at first-year apprentice level of heavy duty equipment technician, truck and transport mechanics, diesel engine mechanic and transport trailer technician to provincial standards
  • Evaluate completed repairs for consistency, accuracy, and quality according to industry specifications and standards
  • Adhere to industry health and safety standards in the repair and reconditioning of heavy duty and commercial transport equipment
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner consistent with industry standards
  • Work effectively as a team member
  • Communicate effectively and work in a culturally diverse environment

What to expect

The Heavy Mechanical Technology diploma provides a wide range of opportunities for student learning in classroom, shop, and workplace settings. In addition to hands-on practical experience at VCC’s own state-of-the-art heavy mechanical and commercial transport facility, instructional activities such as lectures, demonstrations, group work, peer assessment, and project-based learning strategies are used throughout the program. Students progress through courses in four terms, each course requires successful completion for overall completion of the program.

Admission requirements


  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Workplace Math 10 or equivalent


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements [PDF].   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a service industry;
  • Good hand dexterity for operating equipment and machines;
  • Good general health and respiratory condition;
  • Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy parts and equipment as required by the program;
  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration;
  • Mechanical aptitude and interest;
  • Good hand-eye coordination;
  • Good eyesight and colour vision;
  • Good line, form, and depth perception.

Courses *

Program general hours

Classes are generally held Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. with one scheduled term break between year 1 and 2. Class times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

11000 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 38801
Student union273
College initiative182
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource388
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)85
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 631
Program-specific extra fees0

This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.

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Jan 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.

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