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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 the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, β€‹β€‹ β€‹reading, math, training
      , etc​
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ​still have questions? β€‹book an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, 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 Doug via email (​ or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

​Time Commitment
  • 2 intake months (2 different cohorts per intake) for next school year: 
      • Sept 6, 2022 – May 23, 2023 (Mon - Wed)
      • Sept 7, 2022 – May 26, 2023 (Wed - Fri) 
      • Feb 6, 2023 – Oct 4, 2023 (Mon - Wed)
      • Feb 8, 2023 – Oct 5, 2023 (Wed - Fri)
    • for all intakes:
      • 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 "Annacis Island Cam​pus" - 1608 Cliveden Avenue, Delta
    • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
      • Transit is probably the best transportation option 
        (Skytrain(s)​ to 22nd Street station , then #104 connecting bus)


    • a Language Arts 11 (C+)
      • there is a fair amount of reading/theory each week​
    • plan to complete Language Arts 12
    • Auto 11 and Auto 12 (or related experience working on large engines)
    • good literacy and numeracy skills
    • excellent attendance +​ lates record while in high school
    • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time

    Skills + Attributes

    • ​passion for fixing large engines
    • attention to detail​


      Have questions about this program?
      Book a meeting with the district coordinator:​





      School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

      550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
      V3J 6A7
      604-939-9201 604-939-7828