Go big. Start your career repairing today's commercial vehicles and industrial heavy mechanical equipment. Earn a recognized trade certificate as you train in a working repair shop using state-of-the-art tools and technology.


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Hands-on learning

Gain real experience servicing and repairing commercial vehicles including transport trucks, buses, loaders, bulldozers, and other industrial heavy equipment.

Snap tools

Tools of the trade

The Heavy Mechanical Trade Shop at VCC’s Broadway Campus is a fully functioning mechanical shop where you’ll work with custom kits from Snap-On Tools and the latest electronic diagnostic equipment.

Heavy mechanical trade instructors

Industry-experienced instructors

Train alongside supportive and knowledgeable instructors with more than 150 years of combined industry and teaching experience.

World-class facility

Annacis Island campus, Heavy Mechanical Trade

Annacis Island campus,Heavy Mechanical Trade

Annacis Island campus, Heavy Mechanical Trade

Heavy Duty Mechanical Trade

Annacis Island campus, Heavy Mechanical Trade

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Frequently asked questions

Heavy duty mechanics are interested in how the world’s biggest machines work. They’re highly technical, enjoy physical tasks and field work, using specialized tools, and solving complex problems using the latest technology.
  • Construction mechanic
  • Crane service technician
  • Farm equipment mechanic
  • Heavy diesel engine mechanic
  • Heavy equipment mechanic
  • Heavy equipment inspector-repairer
An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a Certificate of Qualification (CoQ), or “ticket” for your trade that is recognized by employers across B.C. Apprentices spend about 80 per cent of their time on the job. That means you earn money while you learn. Most apprenticeships take four years to complete.
No. Apprenticeships can be started during high school, after graduation, or at any point in your career. VCC offers pre-apprenticeship training (foundation) programs in many in-demand trades. Apprentices must find an employer to sponsor and train them as they complete the higher apprenticeship levels.
The Red Seal program provides an interprovincial endorsement of excellence in the skilled trades. A Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is a stamp of approval on the competence of a tradesperson and is recognized by employers across Canada, without further examination. Skilled tradespersons obtain an RSE on their provincial trades certificates by successfully completing an interprovincial Red Seal examination.

What students are saying

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You work a lot on big trucks, excavators, bulldozers, and front loaders. I feel as though it's more hands-on compared to other courses I’ve seen.
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This education is very critical for your career… there's no way that I would be able to do my job without this schooling.
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