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550 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6A7| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician


Students and parents are strongly encouraged to research this trades training opportunity to ensure it is the correct trades program for their career and educational goals. It is taught at the post secondary level (to provincial and national certification standards), so expectations are set higher than a normal high school class.


Time Commitment

  • 4 intakes (1-2 students per intake): 
    • Sep 7th 2020 to May 28th, 2021
      • this intake has now passed
    • Nov 16th 2020 to Aug 5th, 20‚Äč21
      • this intake has now passed
    • Apr 19th 2021 to Jan 7th, 2022‚Äč
      • ‚Äčthis intake might have 1 seat available
    • Jun 28th, 2021 to Mar 18th, 2022
      • ‚Äč‚Äčthis intake is presently full - no applications being taken presently
  • ‚Äč‚Äč36 weeks long (no Spring and/or Summer Break)
  • 4 days a week:  Monday to Thursday
  • 7.15am to 2.30pm‚Äč

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‚Äčeir 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‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in July ‚Äčafter 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" ‚Äč

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $1,6‚Äč00 for course materials, textbook, tools, UPass, etc

Location‚Äč & Transportation

  • VCC "Annacis Island Cam‚Äčpus" - 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)‚Äč to 22nd Street station , then #104 connecting bus)


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

Skills + Attributes

  • ‚Äčpassion for fixing large engines
  • attention to detail

Application Process/Steps

  • inside each trade, the SD43 application is a link in the right column, near the top
    • open up an application forand save it to your desktop 
      ‚Äč(must do this first to fill in correctly)

      • student types in answers/responses‚Äč directly into the fillable .pdf
  • pri‚Äčnt off a completed ap‚Äčplication and get all necessary signatures (p. 2)
  • submit the completed application to your school counselor
    • students - feel free to contact Doug MacLean at any time
  • personal interview will happen (ideally within a few weeks of submission) 
  • students are accepted into programs in mid/late May - notified by email 
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč


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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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