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Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (Apprenticeship)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
0462
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

This 720-hour program which consists of a 240-hour level 1, 240-hour level 2, and a 240-hour level 3, is designed to provide the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the heavy duty equipment technician trade, as well as practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Guelph
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements

Note:

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.

Graduate Opportunities

Heavy duty equipment technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems, and repair the systems of heavy equipment.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Pre-Certification of Qualification

If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on Trade Equivalency Assessments contact the Ontario Colleges of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 or email at info@collegeoftrades.ca. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.

For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
TRCK1010 Trade Practices

Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of recommended trade work practices; construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of tools and equipment, bearings, seals and sealants, fasteners, precision measuring equipment, personal safety and legalities, setup and safety for oxy-acetylene cutting and heating.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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TRCK1020 Fluid Power Systems

Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fluid power fundamentals, components, graphic symbols and principles of operation. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fluids, filters, conductors and connectors and setting up a proper maintenance schedule.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TRCK1030 Engine Systems

Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, engine types and components, operating principles, testing and servicing of diesel combustion engine assemblies, cylinder heads and valve trains, lubrication systems, cooling systems, intake and exhaust systems.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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TRCK1040 Electrical Systems

Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the principles of electrical theory and laws, and use of electrical test equipment. Demonstrate an ability to trace, test and repair electrical circuits and components. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of electromagnetic devices and test and service batteries.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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TRCK1050 Fuel Systems

Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of diesel fuel systems, injection principles, injection sub-systems and hydraulic injection systems.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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TRCK1060 Drive Train Systems

Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, operating principles; testing and servicing of power train clutch assemblies, gearing fundamentals, countershaft manual transmissions, driveshafts, PTO's, universal joints and single drive axle assemblies.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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TRCK1075 Wheel End Assemblies and Brake Systems

Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of hydraulic brake and air brake systems, and wheel end assemblies.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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Level 2
MOTV2110 Trade Practices II

Description: This course is designed to enable the student to perform heating and cutting activities following manufacturers' recommendations, government regulations, and safe work practices. The student is able to describe heating and ventilation system testing and repair procedures following manufacturers' recommendations, government regulations, and safe work practices. The student is able to describe air conditioning system testing and repair procedures following manufacturers' recommendations, government regulations, and safe work practices. The student is able to identify unsafe/faulty operator protection devices following manufacturers' recommended practices and government regulations.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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MOTV2125 Fluid Power Systems II

Description: This course is designed to enable the student to interpret schematics and perform pressure, force, and area calculations related to hydraulics. The student is able to describe the service procedures of hydraulic fluids, reservoirs, and conditioners following manufacturers' recommendations. The student is able to replace hydraulic lines and fittings following manufacturers' recommendations. The student is able to recommend repairs of hydraulic control valves following manufacturers' recommendations. The student is able to recommend repairs of a hydraulic pump following manufacturers' recommendations.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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MOTV2130 Engine Systems II

Description: This course is designed to enable the apprentice to describe testing procedures for combustion chamber condition following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices. The apprentice is able to describe the testing and servicing procedures for cylinder heads, valve trains, and related components following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices. The apprentice is able to describe the testing and servicing procedures for cooling systems components and coolants following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices. The apprentice is able to describe the testing and servicing of lubricating system, components, and lubricants following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices. The apprentice is able to describe the testing and servicing procedures for air induction and exhaust systems following manufacturers' recommendations.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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MOTV2140 Electrical Systems II

Description: This course is designed to enable the apprentice to describe the principles of electricity following accepted scientific principles. The apprentice is able to trace current flow through circuits with the use of an electrical schematic. The apprentice is able to recommend repair of a cranking system following manufacturers' recommendations. The apprentice is able to test basic electronic components following manufacturers' recommendations.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
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MOTV2150 Fuel Systems II

Description: This course is designed to enable the apprentice to describe the testing procedures for mechanical governor systems following manufacturers' recommendations. The apprentice is able to describe diesel in-line fuel injection pump system service procedures following manufacturers' recommendations and government policies. The apprentice is able to describe the timing procedures for distributor pump systems following manufacturers' recommendations. The apprentice is able to describe the diesel unit injection system repair procedures following manufacturers' recommendations. The apprentice is able to describe the testing procedures for pressure time fuel injection systems following manufacturers' recommendations. The apprentice is able to identify injector replacement precautions following manufacturers' recommendations.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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MOTV2160 Drive Train Systems II

Description: This course is designed to enable the apprentice to describe repair procedures of drive train systems following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices. The apprentice is able to describe testing and repair procedures following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices of power shift transmissions.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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MOTV2170 Steering, Tires & Brake Systems

Description: The apprentice will be able to perform testing and servicing of steering systems, tires, wheels and hubs. This course is designed to enable the apprentice to perform repairs following manufacturers' recommendations and safe work practices of hydraulic brake systems.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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Level 3
MOTV3000 Trade Practices III

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and climate control systems.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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MOTV3010 Fluid Power III

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency in hydraulic systems. The areas of study will include hydraulic principles, hydraulic actuators, hydraulic accumulators, schematics and diagnostics.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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MOTV3020 Engine Systems III

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency with engine short blocks. The areas of study will include short block assembly, reconditioning and component diagnosis.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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MOTV3035 Electrical/Electronic Systems II

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency with electrical and electronic systems. The areas of study will include charging systems, computerized management systems and electrical diagnosis.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
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MOTV3040 Fuel Systems III

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency with fuel systems. The areas of study will include diesel fuel injection partial-authority engine management, diesel fuel injection full-authority engine management and diesel engine emission systems.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
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MOTV3050 Drive Train Systems III

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency with drive train systems. The areas of study will include torque converters, fluid couplings and hydraulic retarders and hydrostatic drive systems.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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MOTV3060 Suspension and Steering Systems

Description: In this course the Apprentice will demonstrate an understanding and competency with suspension and steering systems. The areas of study will include steering systems, tires, wheels, hubs and track type undercarriages.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2
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Program Objectives

Apprenticeship Registration

Apprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to Kitchener.apprenticeship@ontario.ca to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades www.collegeoftrades.ca. Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training. Another helpful website is www.apprenticesearch.com.
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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