Courses | Heavy Duty Equipment Technician | Assiniboine Community College
Courses And Costs

Tuition, laboratory, materials, student services, Students' Association fees total approximately $4050 for year one (includes co-operative work placement) and $3800 for year two.

Estimated costs for books, supplies, tools etc. are $3425 for year one, and $200 for year two.  The tools purchased in year one can be used in the workplace after graduation.

  • Year 1

    • Course ID Title Credits/CEUs Study

    • Legend: D - Distance Education, P - PLAR, E - Elective

      MECH-0121 Braking Systems and Tires 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET Mobile heavy equipment relies on traction to start, move, turn and stop safely and efficiently. On much of this equipment, tires are the only contact with the road or earth. In this course students learn about tire and wheel construction and the recommended practices to service, diagnose and repair tires, wheels and wheel ends safely. Reliable braking systems are essential to the safe operation of heavy mobile equipment. In this course students learn the fundamentals of operation as well as how to service, diagnose and repair heavy duty braking systems including mechanical, hydraulic, air and electric systems as well as various brake booster systems.

      COMM-0045 Communications 3 credit(s)
      This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

      COOP-0009 Co-op Work Placement - DIESEL 12 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater This requires a minimum of 480 hours of full-time, paid, related work experience. The work placement, which is normally of 12-week duration, is subject to prior approval of and monitoring by a designated faculty member. Credit is given subject to the student submitting evidence that the work has been successfully completed. Work experience acquired prior to registration in the program is not eligible for this credit.

      MECH-0055 Diesel Engines 15 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET The diesel engine is the major power source for transportation, farming, construction, mining, stationary equipment and many additional applications. This course acquaints students with the function, design, operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of internal combustion engines and their components. Shop activities include identification of various diesel engine types, selecting repair options, completing part orders and performing basic engine service. Safe work practices, cleanliness, proper tool selection and referral to service manuals are emphasized. Following manufacturer recommended procedures, students learn to disassemble and reassemble various operational multi-cylinder diesel engines. Hands-on activities include inspecting and measuring all components for wear and reusability and demonstrating proper reconditioning procedures for serviceable components.

      ELEC-0001 Electrical Science 3 credit(s)
      This course helps students to develop an understanding of basic electrical science. Students learn about various electrical laws including Ohm's law and are able to follow basic circuit diagrams and understand schematics used in the mechanical trade.

      ELEC-0035 Electrical Systems & Batteries 9 credit(s)
      Prerequisites: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET, ELEC-0001 Electrical Science Electrical and electronic systems are used to operate and control many of the functions found on modern truck, heavy-duty and farm equipment. Technicians require a thorough understanding of the basics of electrical circuits, the principles of operation of system components and of the inter-relationships between these components. In this course students develop the skills and knowledge to service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components, including wiring harnesses, switches, relays, solenoids, circuit breakers, fuses, lighting systems and batteries. Emphasis is on accurate and efficient troubleshooting to isolate faulty components and failure analysis to avoid recurring failures.

      WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET 12 credit(s)
      This course prepares students for progression into other program areas by building a solid foundation of shop skills. Students become familiar with college facilities, resources and extracurricular activities. Major course topics include: shop safety procedures, the correct use and maintenance of hand tools, power tools and shop equipment. Demonstrations of precision measuring, fastener identification and tightening procedures are required. Students also learn metal fabrication, basic machinery maintenance, and safe machinery operation. Safe work practices, proper tool selection and referral to service manuals are emphasized.

      MECH-0122 Power Trains 1 15 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET A large variety of power-train designs are used on modern equipment to carry power from the engine to where it is converted to useful work. In this course students learn the fundamentals of operation of various types of clutches, single and multiple-countershaft manual transmissions, drivelines, transfer cases, PTOs, differentials, drive axles, final drives and clutch steering systems. Practical training focuses on the service, diagnosis and repair of these components and systems.

      WELD-0001 Welding 1 3 credit(s)
      Students learn the basics of oxyacetylene, arc, and mig welding as applied to the mechanical trade.

    Tuition and other related fees: $4570
    Textbooks, tools, supplies and extracurricular costs: $3540

  • Year 2

    • Course ID Title Credits/CEUs Study

    • Legend: D - Distance Education, P - PLAR, E - Elective

      MECH-0123 Agricultural Equipment 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET This course provides students with a working knowledge of a variety of farm machines and their systems. Practical training focuses on the service, diagnosis and repair of harvesting, haying, tillage, seeding and spraying equipment.

      MECH-0124 Electronic Systems Diagnostics 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET Electrical and electronic systems are used to operate and control many of the functions found on modern truck, heavy duty and farm equipment engines. Technicians require a thorough understanding of the basics of diesel fuel delivery systems, the principles of operation of system components and of the inter-relationships between these components. Emphasis is on gaining basic information and practical experience on the operation, troubleshooting, and tune-up procedures on several different current models of diesel engines. The course includes an opportunity to analyze fuel system components, system operational characteristics and use basic electronic engine performance diagnostic equipment.

      MECH-0125 Fuel Systems 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET A variety of gasoline and diesel fuel delivery systems are used to operate and control many of the functions found on modern truck, heavy duty and farm equipment engines. Technicians require a thorough understanding of the basics of gasoline and diesel fuel delivery systems, the principles of operation of system components and of the inter-relationships between these components. Emphasis is on basic gasoline and diesel engine operating principles, fuel system preventive maintenance, and the theory and operation of common types of mechanical diesel fuel injection pumps and injectors. This course includes the opportunity for the students to perform manufacturer specific tune up procedures, troubleshooting diagnostics, injection pump timing procedures, and replacement and testing of injectors on mechanical diesel fuel injection systems.

      MECH-0126 HD Equipment Systems 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET Heavy earth-moving and agricultural equipment is supported and controlled by large scale wheel and track-type suspension systems. In this course students learn the fundamentals of operation of wheel and track-type undercarriages as well as the ground engaging tools used on these machines. Practical training focuses on the service, diagnosis and repair of these systems and their components.

      MECH-0127 HVAC Systems 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET This course introduces students to the concepts of compression refrigeration used in mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to cool and dry cabin air, operator comfort and environmental considerations when servicing HVAC systems found in mobile equipment and heavy trucks. Students complete training for MOPIA certification as a component of the course.

      MECH-0128 Hydraulic Systems 15 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET Hydraulically actuated functions and hydrostatic drives are the primary means of power transmission on modern heavy-duty equipment. In this course students learn the principles of operation of various mobile hydraulic systems and the techniques used to safely keep them running smoothly. Practical training focuses on the service, diagnosis and repair of mobile hydraulic systems and components.

      MECH-0129 Ignition Systems 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: ELEC-0035 Electrical Systems & Batteries Spark ignition engines require reliable ignition systems that respond to a variety of engine needs. In this course students learn how these needs are met by various technologies. Practical activities focus on the service, diagnosis and repair of ignition systems including wiring harnesses, spark plugs, ignition coils, high tension leads, distributors, breaker-type and electronic ignition components. Emphasis is on accurate and efficient troubleshooting to isolate faulty components and failure analysis to avoid repeated failures.

      BUSN-0154 Industry Encounter - HDET 3 credit(s)
      This course involves students spending time in an industry setting where multiple departments are involved in the successful operation of the business. This unique experience is used to enhance knowledge of how service, parts and sales departments within a dealership are interconnected.

      SCIE-0082 Mechanical Science 3 credit(s)
      This course introduces students to the basic concepts of trade science. Students learn about simple machines, the effects of heat on solids and gases, and engine operating theory, as well as solving problems involving force, distance, inertia, torque and work.

      MECH-0130 Power Trains 2 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: MECH-0122 Power Trains 1 Power-shift and automatic transmissions are used extensively in much of today's agricultural, truck and off-road heavy equipment. In this course, students learn the fundamentals of operation of power-shift and automatic transmissions. Practical training focuses on the service, diagnosis and repair of torque converters, retarders, power-shift and automatic transmissions.

      MECH-0131 Starting & Charging Systems 9 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: ELEC-0035 Electrical Systems & Batteries Starting and charging systems are vital to the operation of modern heavy equipment. In this course students develop the skills and knowledge to service, diagnose and repair starting and charging systems and their related components, including wiring harnesses, switches, relays, solenoids, motors, generators and starting aids. Practical activities focus on accurate and efficient troubleshooting and failure analysis to isolate faulty components and avoid repeated failures.

      MECH-0132 Transport Truck Systems 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET On-road transport trucks haul the majority of freight within North America. This course includes a comprehensive study of transport-truck steering geometry and the many design variations used to accomplish stable control of these often heavily loaded vehicles. Practical activities focus on the service, diagnosis and repair of transport-truck steering systems, steering axles, manual and power steering gears, hydraulic steering systems (off-road), suspension systems and truck frames. Emphasis is on ensuring all safety standards are adhered to.

      WELD-0016 Welding 2 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: WELD-0001 Welding 1 Heavy duty mobile equipment repairs requiring welding are usually performed by qualified welders. However, service technicians must be familiar with the options available to them as well as the limitations of their abilities. This course focuses on repair and maintenance techniques such as heating, cutting, frame reinforcing, fish plating, gusseting, critical welds, hard surfacing, arc air cutting and gouging, repairs to structural members, straightening and aligning of components as applied to maintenance and repair welding.

    Tuition and other related fees: $4430
    Textbooks, tools, supplies and extracurricular costs: $210

Fast Facts

Duration/Start 2 years / September

Credential Diploma

Credits 147.00

Optional Exit Yes

Optional Exit Credits 66

Co-op Work Placement Yes

Distance Delivery No

International Students No

Study Options
On Campus

100

% OF RECENT GRADS FROM THE PROGRAM ARE EMPLOYED.