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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician


Occupation Description: 
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician​ means a person who maintains, manufactures, overhauls, reconditions and repairs equipment powered by internal combustion engines or electricity and without limiting the foregoing, including graders, loaders, shovels, off-highway tractors, off-highway trucks, forklifts, wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types used in construction, logging, sawmill, manufacturing, mining and other similar industry.

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break
    • look over all th e information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, training, etc
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • still have questions?  book an appointment to talk to the Principal Benjamin King, to learn more: Booking App
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)  
  • (post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly for following school year

Students: feel free to contact Benjamin via email ( or text/call (778-984-1354) at any time during the application process ​

  • topics that will be covered at VCC: Program courses
  • given those VCC courses, students must have
    • completed necessary graduation courses, plus a plan for Eng 12
    • Auto 11
    • Auto 12
    • any other Auto or Truck experience (at home/work/courses/Work Exp 12​...)
  • strongly recommended: Metal/Weld 11
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
    • ​look at S​ample Readings in right column
  • excellent attendance +​ lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time
Time Commitment
  • 2 intake months: 
      • Sept 2022 – already started 
      • Feb 6, 2023 – Oct 4, 2023
    • for each intake:
      • Monday - Wednesday
      • 7.00am - 4.00pm (9 hours a day)
      • ​​36 weeks long
        • (no Spring and/or Summer Break... there is a Christmas Break)​​

    Student Eligibility

    • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
    • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th​eir graduation year
      • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student​ to participate in
      • ex 2:  a program will begin in July β€‹after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and that current grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted
    • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" β€‹

    Student Cost

    • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $1,6​00 for course materials, textbook, tools, UPass, etc

    Location​ & Transportation

    • VCC "Broadway Cam​pus" - 1155 East Broadway, Vancouver
    • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
      • Transit is probably the best transportation option 
        (VCC-Clark is the last Skytrain stop on the Millennium route​)

    Skills + Attributes

    • ​passion for fixing large engines
    • attention to detail​​
    Have questions about this program?
    Book a meeting with ​Ben King
    Principal of Trades & Transitions​:​





    School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

    1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
    V3J 0M6
    604-939-9201 604-939-7828