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Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic

Maintain the mighty machines that keep our economy moving.

Build the versatile skills and practical knowledge you need to start a successful career as a heavy-duty equipment mechanic.

Through the Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program, you’ll develop the professional knowledge and practical skills you need to maintain and repair heavy mobile equipment across various industries, from construction and agriculture to highway transportation.

You’ll learn to maintain, repair and replace engines, standard transmissions, basic electrical components, air brakes and hydraulic systems and service equipment in our modern workshop facilities using industry-standard tools and techniques. Before graduating, you’ll gain real work experience and industry connections through a field experience opportunity at a heavy equipment repair shop.

  • Program Type
    Full-time
  • Credential
    Certificate
  • Annual Intake
    Fall
  • Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Program Length
    1 year
  • Indigenous Pathway
    Program pathway available to Indigenous learners
  • International Program
    Open to students from around the globe

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll develop key maintenance skills using industry-standard tools and state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll also build crucial work experience and industry connections through a field experience opportunity in preparation for a successful career as a heavy equipment mechanic.

TERM 1

Explore foundational skills and develop safe work practices.

TERM 2

Apply your foundational skills and learn to repair and maintain heavy mobile equipment.

TERM 3

Expand your skills, build your professional network and gain vital work experience through a field experience at a heavy equipment repair facility.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Heavy equipment mechanic
  • Truck/transport technician
  • Trailer mechanic
  • Shop foreperson
  • Parts advisor
  • Service advisor
  • Service manager
  • Technical service representative
  • Parts manager
  • General manager
  • Heavy mobile equipment repair shop owner
  • Heavy equipment/truck salesperson
  • Product trainer
  • Vehicle safety inspector

AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

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Learn to inspect, maintain and repair heavy-duty equipment using the same techniques and standards as industry experts.
Become an asset to any team. Build vital communication and collaboration skills as you explore the transportation industry in small, focused classes.
Get experience with industry-standard equipment in RRC Polytech’s Heavy Equipment Shop.
Learn like you’re working. Explore shops that simulate industry conditions and develop the practical experience you need to succeed.
Build essential technical skills using state-of-the-art software, ensuring you’re career-ready and prepared for any challenge from day one.
Get everything you need to succeed at RRC Polytech, from tools and modern machinery to student aid and financial supports.

Graduate Success

Join a network of successful RRC Polytech grads working across Canada. Thanks to passionate instructors and experiential training, you’ll build the skills and confidence to lead, succeed and grow as a critical part of the heavy-duty transportation technology industry.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.

$40K – AVERAGE NEW GRAD SALARY

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic graduates use their in-depth training and practical diagnostic skills to build rewarding careers. With an RRC Polytech education, you’ll develop the experience you need to start your career quickly, overcome industry challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.

93% – CONSIDER INSTRUCTORS KNOWLEDGEABLE

Program instructors are expert technicians that bring years of practical work experience to the classroom. By partnering with industry leaders and employers, our instructors ensure your education is engaging, up-to-date and ahead of industry needs.

92% – RECOMMEND PROGRAM TO OTHERS

Thanks to expert instructors, state-of-the-art equipment and a range of student supports, you’ll build meaningful experiences and leave the Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program as a confident, career-ready grad.

“The program gave me a substantial set of mental tools and skills to use in industry, helping me gain employment with Manitoba Hydro. (It) also gave me the opportunity to flourish in all aspects of life.”

Michelle Wieler – Mechanic
Manitoba Hydro

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic student, you like working with your hands and using heavy equipment to solve practical problems. You also enjoy travelling and are just as comfortable working outdoors as you are inside a busy workshop. As a professional heavy-duty equipment mechanic, you’re prepared for physically demanding work in fast-paced environments.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.

PERSONALITY TRAITS

  • Adaptable
  • Critical thinker
  • Independent
  • Logical thinker
  • Outgoing

SKILLS

  • Adaptability
  • Lifelong learner
  • Positive attitude
  • Troubleshooting
  • Work ethic

INTERESTS

  • Agricultural equipment
  • Construction equipment
  • Semi-trucks
  • Electronics
  • Electrical
  • Tools
  • Engines
  • Hydraulics
  • Maintenance
  • Mechanics

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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LIST OF COURSES

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OTHER INFORMATION

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