This program gives you basic training in two high-demand mechanical trades at once. Heavy duty equipment technicians work on large mobile equipment—bulldozers, cranes, graders, loaders and earthmovers used in construction, mining, forestry and more. Truck and transport mechanics work on trucks, buses and highway transport vehicles for dealers, garages and transportation companies.
Build the knowledge and skills you need to service, maintain, diagnose and repair heavy equipment, trucks, buses and transport vehicles. You’ll get training in:
- air conditioning and heating systems
- brake, steering and suspension systems
- electrical and hydraulic systems
- engines, fuel systems and power trains
- equipment operation and maintenance
- trade math and blueprint reading
- use of shop equipment and tools
Graduates will receive training for levels one and two of the apprenticeship for the Heavy Duty Mechanics and Truck and Transport Mechanics. NWC has an excellent lab, fitted with the latest equipment including computer simulation technology, giving our student the best training possible.
Meadow Lake Campus
Feb 6th, 2023 - Jun 23rd, 2023 Full-time
Tuition: $3260.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $1700.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00
*English language requirement
*Foundations of Math 20, OR Pre-Calculus 20. OR Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20 (Modified and General Math credits are not acceptable).
**The following equipment must be purchased by students through a vendor of their choice:
- Steel toed boots
- work gloves
- safety glasses
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission.
Application process opens immediately.
BRAK 113 Brake Systems Air theory
You will study the design, operation and service recommendations for air operated systems. Air operated anti-lock braking systems will be covered. Traction and stability control systems will also be covered.
BRAK 114 Brake Air Systems Shop
You will service, repair and test air activated foundation brake systems. Park brake systems of various designs will be evaluated. Anti-lock, traction, and stability control systems will be analyzed.
BRAK 115 Brake Systems Hydraulic Theory
You will study the design, operation and service recommendations for hydraulic brake systems. Hydraulically operated anti-lock braking systems will be covered. Traction and stability control systems will be discussed. You will also learn about electric braking systems.
BRAK 116 Brake Systems Hydraulic Shop
You will service, repair and test hydraulically activated foundation brake systems. Park brake systems of various designs will be evaluated. Air-lock, traction, and stability control systems will be analyzed. Electric brake systems will be serviced and repaired.
DRTR 106 Drivetrain Introduction Theory
You will learn procedures to properly determine serviceability of various seals and bearings. Proper removal and installation techniques for bearings and seals will also be discussed. Clutch types, operation, adjustment and removal procedures will be discussed. You will study single countershaft transmission diagnosis and overhaul procedures.
DRTR 107 Drivetrain Introduction Shop
You will remove, inspect and replace seals and bearings. Clutches of various types will be removed, evaluated and reinstalled. Adjustment procedures for various clutches will be performed. Manual transmission and differentials will be overhauled.
DRTR 108 Drivetrain Intermediate Theory
You will study various types of gear sets, ratios, as well as procedures for correction gear contact patterns, preloading and adjusting bearings in differential assemblies. Inspection and set up procedures for planetary final drive systems will be covered. Procedures for determining the serviceability of universal joints and drive line angles will be covered.
DRTR 109 Drivetrain Intermediate Shop
You will service and overhaul differentials. Various types of planetary drive systems will be evaluated. Driveline components and operational angles will be evaluated.
ELCT 102 Electrical Basics Theory
You will study the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, Ohm’s law and the use of analog and digital meters. Various faults and their effects on circuit operation will be discussed. You will study battery construction, operation, as well as testing and servicing procedures.
ELCT 103 Electrical Basics Shop
You will practice diagnosing faults in electrical circuits using digital meters. Wet cell batteries will be tested and serviced as required.
ELCT 104 Electrical Starting and Charging Systems Theory
You will study the fundamentals of a cranking system as well as the control circuits and components. Charging system fundamentals as well as control systems will also be discussed.
ELCT 105 Electrical Starting and Charging Systems Shop
You will disassemble starters and alternators and test their internal components for serviceability. Reassembled alternators and starters will be tested to verify operation. Starting and charging systems will be diagnosed utilizing test equipment and repaired.
HVAC 101 Environmental Control Systems
You will become familiar with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute’s program on environmental awareness regarding Ozone Depleting Substances.
HYDR 110 Hydraulic Basics Theory
You will study basic hydraulic principles of flow and pressure, system and component operation and maintenance procedures. You will also learn to interpret symbolic diagrams to determine system operation.
HYDR 111 Hydraulic Basics Shop
You will disassemble, inspect, measure, assemble, adjust and test hydraulic pumps, valves and motors on a test stand. You will disassemble and repair hydraulic cylinders from live machines or shop models. You will work with common types of hydraulic fittings and adaptors, and practice installing hose ends, flaring and bending tubing.
HYDR 112 Hydraulics Advanced Theory
You will review the basics of a hydraulic system. Concepts such as open and closed center hydraulic systems will be discussed. Power-beyond, open and closed loop hydrostatics as well as load sensing systems will also be covered. Advanced diagnostic strategies will also be discussed.
HYDR 113 Hydraulics Advanced Shop
You will evaluate various components in a hydraulic circuit to determine function as well as serviceability. You will also perform system diagnosis on open center, closed center and power beyond hydraulic systems. Open and closed loop hydrostatics as well as a load sending hydraulic system will be evaluated. You will perform evaluations on live machines with hydraulic analyzers and perform adjustments or repair.
JOBS 125 Essential Job Skills
You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
MAIN 104 Structural Components Theory
You will cover preventative maintenance programs on both highway and off road equipment. Hoisting and rigging techniques will be discussed. On highway power unit frame and suspension systems as well as docking and coupling systems will be covered. ROPS and FOPS safety systems will be covered as they pertain to heavy equipment.
MAIN 105 Structural Components Shop
You will perform preventive maintenance procedures on both off road and on highway equipment. Hoisting and rigging procedures will be implemented. Various hitching and docking systems will be analyzed. Highway tractor frames and suspensions will be inspected. Operator protection systems on heavy equipment will be inspected and repaired.
MAIN 106 Tracks and Undercarriage Theory
You will study various types of final drive systems used on construction equipment. Tracked equipment inspection and maintenance procedures will be discussed.
MAIN 107 Tracks and Undercarriage Shop
You will perform inspections on various final drive systems. Undercarriage components will be evaluated and repairs performed.
MATH 169 Trade Mathematics
You will learn mathematical concepts commonly used in your trade. After reviewing basic arithmetic and basic equations, you will solve various algebra problems as applied to your trade. You will perform Imperial and Metric conversions, and calculate the perimeter, area and volume of many common shapes, as well as use Pythagorean theorem.
STER 102 Steering Systems Theory
You will focus on basic steering geometry and wheel alignment angles, wheels and tires and tire balancing.
STER 103 Steering Systems Shop
You will service steering system components and perform a wheel alignment. You will also remove and replace a wheel assembly. Also covered will be hub removal and installation using industry approved procedures. Tire removal, replacement and balancing will also be covered.
STER 104 Steering and Directional Control Systems Theory
You will study steering systems that are specific to off road equipment. Orbital, pilot control, differential and hydrostatic steering systems will be discussed. You will also discuss various types of auxiliary steering systems used on heavy trucks.
STER 105 Steering and Directional Control Systems Shop
You will perform inspections and repairs on various types of off road steering systems. You will also evaluate various types of auxiliary steering systems such as tandem and trailing axle steering. Pilot control and orbital steering systems will be analyzed.
TOOL 154 Basic Tools Theory
You will learn to identify, use and maintain hand tools and shop equipment. You will learn to read and use various measuring instruments and the proper method of sawing, filing, drilling, thread cutting, tool sharpening, and layout procedures. You will also learn to identify and use threaded fasteners and fittings, chemical fasteners and sealants. The course content includes safety rules, basic firefighting techniques and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) regulations.
TOOL 155 Basic Tools Shop
You will use and maintain hand tools and shop equipment. You will use various measuring instruments and perform sawing, filing, drilling, thread cutting, tool sharpening and layout procedures. You will use threaded fasteners and fittings, chemical fasteners and sealants. You will demonstrate safety rules and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) regulations.
TRLR 100 Truck and Trailer Systems Theory
You will discuss various trailer frame and suspension designs. Saskatchewan Government Insurance inspections procedures will also be discussed.
TRLR 101 Truck and Trailer Systems Shop
You will evaluate various trailer frame and suspension designs. Saskatchewan Government Insurance inspection procedures will be performed and defects repaired.
TRLR 102 HVAC and Auxiliary Power Systems Theory
You will discuss various auxiliary heaters and power generation systems. You will also study trailer heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
TRLR 103 HVAC and Auxiliary Power Systems Shop
You will analyze and repair auxiliary heating and power generation systems. Trailer heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will also be evaluated.
WORK 149 Work Experience
You will participate in a work placement to further your understanding of workplace employer needs. You will become familiar with the industry and gain practical experience in the workplace.