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Heavy Duty Equipment /Truck and Transport Repair - Diploma

Heavy Duty Equipment /Truck and Transport Repair - Diploma

Develop skills and knowledge to diagnose and repair faults in the mechanical, hydraulic, electronic and electrical systems used in heavy equipment and truck and transport vehicles.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.


This program provides you with a working knowledge of fundamental shop skills, wheels, tires and rims, braking systems, hydraulics, welding, powertrains, engines and engine systems and electrical and electronic systems used in Heavy Duty Equipment and Truck and Transport vehicles.

The equipment and vehicles you learn to repair and maintain range from heavy-duty, off-road equipment and transport trucks to farm equipment and marine engines.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, and throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative duration (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • Our co-op follows the Co-operative Education and Work -Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities in the heavy equipment, truck and transport, bus, farm equipment and diesel and marine engines industries.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician and Truck and Transport Mechanic trades. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • You get the information and hands-on skills using specialized tools (hand tools, test metres, vehicle and equipment jacks and hoists, welding equipment, hydraulic equipment, complex electronics and computer diagnostic test equipment) necessary to obtain a challenging and rewarding career as a Heavy Duty Equipment or Truck and Transport apprentice.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (petroleum products and other chemical products) are commonly used in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Truck and Transport Mechanic trades.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Heavy Duty Equipment Technician and Truck and Transport Mechanic are designated trades in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Truck and Transport Mechanic trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards dictate hair length, facial hair and headwear regulations.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
HETR 1000   Oxy-Fuel Welding and Metallurgy
HETR 1010   Wheels, Tires and Rims
HETR 1016   Introduction to Electric Welding
HETR 1020   Electrical I
HETR 1030   Shop Fundamentals
HETR 1100   Work Experience
HETR 2010   Engines and Engine Systems I
HETR 2011   Braking Systems I
HETR 2012   Braking Systems II
HETR 2030   Hydraulics I
HETR 3000   Electrical II
HETR 3002   Hydraulic Systems II
HETR 3004   Engines and Engine Systems II
HETR 3010   Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
HETR 3014   Starting and Charging Systems
HETR 3019   Power Trains
HETR 3100   Work Experience II
HETR 4905   Fundamental Business Practices
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1030   Air Conditioning Green Card
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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