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Heavy Duty Equipment /Truck and Transport Repair - Certificate

Heavy Duty Equipment /Truck and Transport Repair - Certificate

Develop entry-level skills to work as a Heavy Duty Equipment or Truck and Transport apprentice.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$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/Online • Dartmouth Part time • Blended Waitlist
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available


This program provides you with entry-level skills and a working knowledge of fundamental shop skills, welding, electrical, hydraulics, braking systems and wheels and tires used on Heavy Duty Equipment and Truck and Transport vehicles.

Workplace safety is an important aspect of your training. You learn how to maintain a safe shop environment and become aware of how to safely handle hazardous products.

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 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.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online).
  • In-class courses are held at Akerley Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Career options

  • Servicing and sales for heavy equipment, truck and transport vehicles, busses, farm equipment, diesel and marine engines.
  • 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 skills necessary to obtain a challenging and rewarding career as a Heavy Duty Equipment or Truck and Transport apprentice. Technicians use specialized tools, including hand tools, test meters, vehicle and equipment jacks and hoists, welding equipment, hydraulic equipment, complex electronics and computer diagnostic test equipment.

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 and 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 1200   Work Experience
HETR 2010   Engines and Engine Systems I
HETR 2011   Braking Systems I
HETR 2012   Braking Systems II
HETR 2030   Hydraulics I
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
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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