Important information for apprentices
Diesel Engine Mechanics are certified to diagnose, service, adjust, overhaul and maintain and test diesel engines and related equipment and components as well as related electrical and electronic systems. Much of the heavy equipment used in the construction, transportation and farming industries, such as bulldozers, cranes and tractors are powered by diesel fuel.
Diesel Engine Mechanic's require Heavy Mechanics Level 1 & 2 training.
For more information please see ITA Diesel Engine Mechanic
|Start||Length||Credentials||Campus||Part- or Full-time|
|Level 1 - May, Oct
Level 2 - Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Oct
|4 to 7 weeks per level||VCC Transcript||Annacis Island||Full-time|
Level 1 of Apprentice Heavy Mechanic Trades introduces apprentices to the safe servicing of a variety of heavy mechanical systems, including brake, hydraulic, electrical, frames, steering, suspension, trailer, and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as structural components and accessories. In the classroom and shop, they develop their ability to apply theoretical knowledge and occupational skills to all heavy mechanical work situations
Level 2 of Apprentice Heavy Mechanic Trades introduces apprentices to the safe servicing of a variety of heavy mechanical systems, including charging systems, starting systems, electrical components, electronic components, vehicle management systems, engines and supporting systems. In the classroom and shop, they develop their ability to apply theoretical knowledge and occupational skills to all heavy mechanical work situations.
Students train in classrooms and shops at VCC's facility at the Annacis Island 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.
An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.
For additional information about the program, call 604.871.7041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Canada, apprenticeship program office
4279 Canada Way (at Gilmore)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
Students must be registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as an Apprentice and have received an ITA Identification number.
To determine whether you qualify for apprenticeship training consult the Industry Training Authority.
New apprentices who have successfully completed an ITA approved training program can apply to the Industry Training Centre for credit towards the work-based and technical training requirements of their apprenticeship. Often, successful completion of a trades program or pre-apprentice program significantly reduces the work-based and/or training hours required for the trade.
Fees and Other costs
|Application Fee||No Fee|
Level 1 - $876
Level 2 - $701
|Student Union Fee||$55 per level|
|College Initiative Fee||
$25 - Level 1
$20 - Level 2
|U-Pass Fee||$41 - per month|
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