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Heavy Duty Technician

Heavy Duty Technician

Overview

Note: This program is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted.

Assiniboine Community College is proud to partner with Algonquin College to deliver this program.

This tuition-free, Heavy Duty Technician program is open to Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) youth, 18 to 30 years of age, not employed, education and training (NEET Youth). It trains students to develop skills in servicing, diagnosing and repairing agriculture heavy equipment and transport equipment. Participants gain practical skills with all types of engines, systems and safety regulation enabling employment in heavy duty truck and equipment shops.

This 28-week program includes:

  • a 4-week preparatory course component (December 6, 2021 to January 7, 2022)
  • a 24-week Heavy Duty Technician program, and finally (January 10, 2022 to July 1, 2022)
  • a 280-hour paid work placement (July 4, 2022 to August 26, 2022)

Anyone interested in this program must attend an online information session as part of their application.

 

 

How is the Heavy Duty Technician program tuition-free?

The college is able to offer the Heavy Duty Technician program through a partnership with Algonquin College.

What does tuition-free mean?

Tuition-free means that the program’s application fee, tuition, books, supplies, personal protective equipment and tools for the program are free to students accepted to the program.

Will the Heavy Duty Technician program always be tuition-free?

No, this is a special funding opportunity currently available for only the December 2021 intake.

How much is the application fee for the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program?

There is no application fee for this program. However, you must attend an information session before applying. It is a mandatory part of the application process.

The requirements say 18 or older, so can I start this if I’m still in high school and haven’t completed grade 12?

If you are currently in grade 12 and set to graduate prior to the start of the program, then yes, you can apply to the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program just like any other college program.

I don’t live in Manitoba… can I still apply?

Yes, Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program is open for application for all Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) youth between the ages of 18-30 not in employment, education, or training (NEET Youth).

Can I apply to this program as an international student on a study visa?

No, the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program is not open to international students. Please see assiniboine.net/international for more information on studying as an international student.

How will applicants be chosen for the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program?

Acceptance to this program is based on a combination of attendance at an online program information session, your online assessment results, your high school and/or post-secondary transcripts and resume, and your ability to meet program admission requirements.

Who should take the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program?

This program gives students the basic skills in servicing, diagnosing and repairing agriculture, heavy equipment and transport equipment in order to start a new career. It is open to the following individuals: Indigenous and Métis youth, 18 to 30 years of age, not employed, education and training (NEET Youth).

I can’t make any of the information session dates; can I still apply?

No, attendance at an information session is a mandatory part of the application process for the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program.

What can I expect at the online assessment session?

You will be assessed in English, Mathematics, Mechanical Aptitude and general software/document skills.

Details on the assessment will be provided via email once you have attended an online information session.

What do I need to bring to each session?

You do not need to bring anything to the initial Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free, online program information session.

Details on the online assessment will be provided via email once you have attended an online information session.

If you are selected to proceed to the next step in the application process, please ensure you have original, official transcripts (high school and post-secondary) and your current resume.

What does the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program give me when I graduate?

Students who successfully complete the accredited certificate program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Heavy Duty Equipment TechnicianAgricultural Equipment Technician or Truck and Transport Mechanic apprenticeship program.

What happens if I’m not accepted to the program; can I apply again next year?

At this time, the Heavy Duty Technician, tuition-free program is only available for the December 2021 intake. Assiniboine continues to offer the Heavy Equipment Technician certificate program with a September 2022 intake. You would need to submit a new application to this program, and it is not tuition-free.

What are my other options for taking Heavy Duty Technician at Assiniboine?

Assiniboine continues to offer the Heavy Duty Technician certificate program with an annual September intake.

Do I need prior experience in heavy equipment?

No; however, you will be assessed for overall mechanical aptitude during the assessment session.

Where do I get my transcripts if I’ve been out of high school for a long time?

Contact your high school or the student records area of the education department in the province where you completed high school. In Manitoba, visit the Student Records website.

 

Admissions

  • A complete grade 12 or equivalent
  • Consumer/Essential  Math 40S or equivalent
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) youth between the ages of 18-30 not in employment, education, or training (NEET Youth)

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

To be considered for this program, you must do the following:

Step 1: Attend an online program information session

Anyone interested in this program must attend an online information session as part of their application. Information sessions have now ended. 

Step 2: Attend an online assessment session

You must attend an online information session before attending an online assessment session.

If you decide that you would like to be considered for this program, you will need to attend an online assessment session. You will be assessed on English, Mathematics, Mechanical Aptitude, and general software/document skills.

The online assessment session dates are October 14, October 21 and October 28.

Details on the assessment will be provided via email once you have attended an online information session.

Step 3: Provide transcripts & resume

After the online assessment, selected applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Original, official high school and post-secondary transcripts
  • Current resume

 

Careers & Connections

Graduates of this program will be trained to service, diagnose and repair agriculture heavy equipment and transport equipment. Participants gain practical skills with all types of engines, systems and safety regulation enabling employment in heavy duty truck and equipment shops.

Put your skills to work immediately in an agricultural or heavy duty business. You will be ready to take on entry-level roles in industries like construction, agriculture, transport, mining, oil field and logging, with jobs available as technicians in the farm machinery, transport truck and construction equipment sectors.

Tools & Supplies

Technology Requirements

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for more detailed information about the requirements for this program.

Courses & Costs

The application fee, tuition, books, supplies, personal protective equipment, and tools for the program are free to students accepted into the program.

Number

Title

Credits

COMM-0045

Communications

3

ELEC-0001

Electrical Science

3

ELEC-0036

Electrical Systems

15

MATH-0113

Math – HETCH

3

MATH-0119

Math Prep for Trades

0

MECH-0146

Engines

9

MECH-0150

Hydraulics and HVAC

6

MECH-0151

Wheels, Brakes & Suspension

9

PEDV-0362

Life Skills

0

PRAC-0312

Practicum - HDTCH

1

SCIE-0090

Science Prep for Trades

0

WELD-0001

Welding 1

3

WRKP-0036

Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET

12

 

Academic Credits

63

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