Heavy Mechanical Foundation, Certificate | Selkirk College | Burnaby, Canada
9 months
18685 CAD/full
4908 CAD/full
Tuition fee
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In the on-site Heavy Mechanical Foundation program from Selkirk College, you’ll apply your knowledge and learn the mechanics of trucks, commercial transport vehicles and heavy equipment. 

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This nine-month Heavy Mechanical Foundation program prepares students for entry level positions as apprentices in four trades: Truck and Transport Mechanic, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician and Heavy Duty Equipment Technician.

Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. They learn theoretical principles of vehicle mechanics in the classroom. They apply their knowledge in the shop where they perform numerous diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance procedures, removals, repairs, and installations of components on trucks, commercial transport vehicles and heavy equipment.

Graduates of the Heavy Mechanical Foundation program at Selkirk College typically find employment with service garages or industrial firms as apprentices engaged in the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and associated equipment.

Practical Training 

  • Air, alternate and hydraulic braking systems 
  • Diesel and gasoline engines 
  • Electrical and electronic systems 
  • Employment preparation 
  • Heavy duty wheeled equipment and attachments 
  • Hydraulic systems 
  • Power train components 
  • Safe hoisting procedures 
  • Safe work practices and procedures 
  • Track machines and attachments 
  • Welding principles 
  • Winches and attachments 

Programme Structure

Course of Studies
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Work Practices and Procedures
  • Welding Principles
  • Safe Hoisting Procedures
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Air Brake Systems
  • Alternate Brake Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Power Train Components
  • Gasoline Engines
  • Diesel Engines
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Heavy Duty Wheeled Equip & Attachments
  • Track Machines & Attachments
  • Winches & Attachments
  • Prepare for Employment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most programs accept applications 12 months before the start date. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or
  • Be 19 years of age or over at the time of application, or
  • Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18685 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18685 CAD for the full programme during 9 months.
  • National

    4908 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4908 CAD for the full programme during 9 months.

Living costs for Burnaby

1600 - 2700 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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