Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Credit transfer opportunities: Credit toward apprenticeship
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded. 
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

This is an entry-level program that develops the basic knowledge and skills you need to perform routine maintenance and repairs to vehicle systems and components. The program is designed to prepare you to adjust, service, and repair a variety of heavy mobile equipment, usually diesel powered, used in construction, agriculture, or highway transportation. The work will involve basic servicing to engines and related equipment, and performing repairs. This will include transmission servicing, hydraulic/air brakes, and basic electrical in heavy duty application.

Emphasis during training will be on practical projects. Most of your training will take place at the College in the diesel mechanics workshop, a work environment designed to provide the practical experience you will need to find a job. You will spend approximately 60 percent of your training hours doing practical work on engines, standard transmissions, automatic transmissions, basic electric, basic brake systems, and servicing of equipment.

A number of related trade courses such as arc and gas welding, mathematics, science, and communications are included in the program. Theory grades are determined by examinations in each course, while practical evaluations are determined from each instructor's practical assignments.

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session. You will also be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
      • Grade 10 Science
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option within 30 days of applying.  For information click here.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, Writing 6
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 5.5
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.0,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 3.0
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in:
      • One credit in each of the following:
        - Grade 10 English
        - Grade 10 Math
        - Grade 10 Science
      • RRC's Academic Foundations program
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2
Who Should Enrol?

This program can by physically demanding. You should be mechanically inclined and comfortable in a typical shop environment. 

Good reading comprehension is important to successfully complete the required subject areas and the related courses, such as communications, mathematics, and science.

If you are seriously considering this program, you should be prepared for some shift work and be able to work under some supervision. You should be prepared for occasional late shifts at the College as courses may, from time to time, run until 6 p.m.

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)


Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $4,439.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $1,055.00
Other Fees
Year 1 $1,500.00 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1 $16,843.00
1 The College recommends that students provide their own hand tools for this program. The approximate cost of tools may vary from $500.00 to $2500.00 depending on the quality of tools.
Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Program Content
  COMM-1105 Communications 3
  HETC-1001 PC Fundamental Training 1
  HETC-1002 Automatic Transmission Basic Servicing - Theory 2
  HETC-1004 Diesel Engine Overhaul -Theory 3
  HETC-1006 Gas Engine Overhaul - Theory 3
  HETC-1007 Introduction to Hydraulics 2
  HETC-1008 Introductory Mechanics - Theory 2
  HETC-1009 Introduction to Service and Maintenance 3
  HETC-1010 Machine Shop 2
  HETC-1011 Rear Axles - Theory 2
  HETC-1013 Standard Transmissions - Theory 2
  HETC-1015 AC-025 Accreditation for Level 1 0
  HETC-1016 Hydraulic Brake-Practical 2
  HETC-1017 Intro to Service and Maintenance Theory 2
  HETC-1018 Brake Systems - Practical 3
  HETC-1019 Machine Shop Theory 0
  HETC-1031 Automatic Transmission Basic Servicing - Practical 1
  HETC-1047 Brake Systems - Theory 3
  HETC-1084 Diesel Engine Overhaul - Practical 3
  HETC-1095 Electrical Systems - Practical 1
  HETC-1099 Electrical Systems - Theory 2
  HETC-1109 Suspension & Components - Theory 0
  HETC-1118 Gas Engine Overhaul - Practical 3
  HETC-1139 Industrial Training - Practical 4
  HETC-1251 Fuel Injection Systems 2
  HETC-1304 Rear Axles - Practical 2
  HETC-1335 Standard Transmissions Overhaul - Practical 2
  HETC-1338 Steering Systems - Practical 2
  HETC-1343 Suspension & Components - Practical 1
  HETC-1562 Steering Systems - Theory 2
  HETC-1674 Introductory Mechanics - Practical 1
  HETC-9001 LEARN Access 0
  HETC-9002 LEARN Access 0
  HETC-9003 LEARN Access 0
  HETC-9004 LEARN Access 0
  MATH-1019 Automotive Technician Math 4
  SAFE-1028 WHMIS 0
  SCIE-1043 Power Mechanics Science 4
  SEMR-9209 General Safety Training 0
  WELD-1035 Related Arc Welding 0
  WELD-1036 Related Gas Welding 2
Course Descriptions
COMM-1105 Communications
A self-paced practical course that develops communications skills from four viewpoints: job-seeker, employee, junior supervisor, small business owner. The course is tailored to fit the needs of individual students and the requirements of the Advisory Boards.
HETC-1001 PC Fundamental Training
(No description available at this time)
HETC-1002 Automatic Transmission Basic Servicing - Theory
Basic operational principles of automatic transmissions, along with procedures in proper servicing and testing.
HETC-1004 Diesel Engine Overhaul -Theory
Theory of servicing diesel cylinder block assembly, cylinder head and valve train.
HETC-1006 Gas Engine Overhaul - Theory
Theory of gas engine cycles, types, components, lubrication and cooling systems.
HETC-1007 Introduction to Hydraulics

Introduction to the fundamental operational principles of hydraulics including safety issues, symbols, and component identification.

HETC-1008 Introductory Mechanics - Theory
Demonstrate the ability to identify and use correctly the hand tools, shop equipment, measuring instruments and fasteners utilized in the H.D. mechanics trade.
HETC-1009 Introduction to Service and Maintenance
This course is designed to develop the necessary skills to perform scheduled maintenance on a piece of mobile equipment. The student will have hands-on experience working with the required tools and equipment needed to complete various levels of maintenance schedules. Students will have guidance to accurately document their observations during preventative maintenance tasks. This is a 3 week course. 
HETC-1010 Machine Shop

Introduction to simple in-shop machine shop skills. Proper hand and power tool usage as applicable to the heavy duty service sector.

HETC-1011 Rear Axles - Theory
Types and principles of operation, single speed H.D. Eaton rear axles, traction equalizers, power dividers, electric and air shift systems.
HETC-1013 Standard Transmissions - Theory
Construction, principle of operation, synchronizers, splitters, and air shift, 4 wheel drive transfer case, farm tractor transmission, reversing transmissions, transmission overhaul.
HETC-1015 AC-025 Accreditation for Level 1
(No description available at this time)
HETC-1016 Hydraulic Brake-Practical
This course is designed to give the student hands-on experience working with hydraulic and hydraulic brake systems. The student will build hydraulic circuits on the hydraulic trainer and check for correct functioning of the circuit. Time will be spent identifying system components on mobile equipment. Various components will be dismantled. The student is expected to be able to explain the operation of the component to the instructor. Surface area will calculated to determine the mechanical advantage gained through the use of hydraulics. This course will last 3 weeks. 
HETC-1017 Intro to Service and Maintenance Theory
This course is designed to familiarize the student with preventative maintenance programs used on mobile equipment. The course will focus on the characteristics of a well-planned maintenance program. The course will also show how preventative maintenance programs are generated by manufactures and equipment owners to help lower operating costs. This is a 3 week course. 
HETC-1018 Brake Systems - Practical
(No description available at this time)
HETC-1019 Machine Shop Theory

Shop knowledge and basic manufacturing skills are required by person working in mechanical trades.

Through theoretical instruction and a series of practical shop demonstrations, learners will be exposed to techniques that will better equip them to deal with challenges present in their respective trade. In providing an introduction to the basics of manufacturing, the course will contribute to the development of the learners’ analytical, mechanical and cognitive skills.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Precision measurement tools
  • Basic Blueprint Reading Principles
  • Bench Tools
  • Component Assembly
  • Power Cutting Tools
  • Threads
  • Grinding
  • Math Calculations
HETC-1031 Automatic Transmission Basic Servicing - Practical
Practical demonstration and guided practice in the servicing, and preventative maintenance of automatic transmissions.
HETC-1047 Brake Systems - Theory
Theory of operation, repair and adjustment of hydraulic, manual and power brakes, air brake repairs, adjustments and maintenance, lubrication of diesel powered equipment.
HETC-1084 Diesel Engine Overhaul - Practical
Repairs and servicing of diesel cylinder block assembly, cylinder head and valve train.
HETC-1095 Electrical Systems - Practical
Students will be working with basic electrical circuits involving simple circuit testing, use of switches, and relays. Repairing and testing of light duty charging and starting systems. Testing storage batteries, and battery installation in series and parallel configurations.
HETC-1099 Electrical Systems - Theory
Basic fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, and conventional storage batteries. Introduction to the starting system, charging system, ignition system, along with basic lighting and electrical circuits.
HETC-1109 Suspension & Components - Theory
Understanding of the different types of suspension, the problems that can occur on the suspension. This would include, rear end alignment, wheel cupping, air ride components and walking beam bushing on the Hendricks suspension.
HETC-1118 Gas Engine Overhaul - Practical
Repair of gas engine cycles, types, components, lubrication and cooling systems.
HETC-1139 Industrial Training - Practical
Students are placed in an industrial repair shop to receive first hand, practical demands that are required to be successful in this trade.
HETC-1251 Fuel Injection Systems
Introductory overview of the operating system in both gasoline and diesel engine fuel systems.  This course will cover the theory of operation and component identification of the most common systems, along with basic diagnostic procedures.
HETC-1304 Rear Axles - Practical
Overhaul of single speed H.D. Eaton rear axles, traction equalizers, power dividers, electric and air shift systems.
HETC-1335 Standard Transmissions Overhaul - Practical
Inspection, repair and overhaul of: synchronizers, splitters, and air shift, 4 wheel drive transfer case, farm tractor transmission, reversing transmissions.
HETC-1338 Steering Systems - Practical
The students will remove and overhaul manual, and power boxes, as well as check caster, camber and adjust toe settings.
HETC-1343 Suspension & Components - Practical
The student will be able to differentiate between the many styles of suspensions and be able to diagnose and repair. The styles range from Hendricks to Neway air-ride suspensions.
HETC-1562 Steering Systems - Theory
Classroom theory would consist of basic steering geometry, component materials, caster, camber understanding terminology, and trouble shooting front end problems such as pulling, shimmying and hopping.
HETC-1674 Introductory Mechanics - Practical
Students will learn first hand the involvement of on-the-job working conditions required in a live repair shop.
HETC-9001 LEARN Access
(No description available at this time)
HETC-9002 LEARN Access
(No description available at this time)
HETC-9003 LEARN Access
(No description available at this time)
HETC-9004 LEARN Access
(No description available at this time)
MATH-1019 Automotive Technician Math
Individual progress math. Program utilizing Diagnostic Test material to identify remedial requirements for each student. Students are required to complete basic assignments on each of following topics: operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, elementary algebra using one unknown, percent, ratio and proportion, denominate numbers, metric measures and calculations, exponents, scientific notation/significant digits, square/square roots, Pythagoras theorem, perimeter/circumferences, areas, various figures, volume/capacity of commonly used shapes of containers.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.
SCIE-1043 Power Mechanics Science
Electricity and magnetism, Atomic theory, static electricity, condensers, circuits, batteries, transformers, DM motors, DC and AC generators, hydraulics, pressure Pascal's principle, brakes and brake fluids, kinetic energy, centripetal force, matter, properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Heat - temperature scales, expansion due to heat, heat transfer, machines - simple machines, work power, gear trains, gear ratios.
SEMR-9209 General Safety Training

This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

WELD-1035 Related Arc Welding
Equipment tools and materials shall be studied in this block in a hands-on method as well as basic theory. One week of ARC welding.
WELD-1036 Related Gas Welding
Safety in setting up and using oxy-acetylene equipment. Identifying and setting torch for carburizing, neutralizing, and oxidizing flame. Introduction to fusion welding, puddling and bead-running on sheet metal. Identification selecting weld rods and fusing filler rod to base metal. Welding butt joints, lap joints, fillet welds and corner welds on sheet steel in the flat horizontal, vertical and overhead. Performing the same joints on sheet steel using bronze brazing rod. Safely operating flame cutting equipment cutting various thicknesses of steel plate.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Upon entry into the workforce, graduates may be granted one level of in-school training toward the four-year apprenticeship program. This decision is based on evaluation of student performance by the employer and the Apprenticeship Branch.

The Apprenticeship Branch requires that you attend Red River College or Assiniboine Community College in Brandon to obtain various apprenticeship levels and complete apprenticeship in this program. For more information, contact:

Apprenticeship Manitoba
Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
1010 - 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8
Phone 204-945-3337
Fax 204-948-2346
Toll-Free: 1-877-978-7233 (1-877-97-TRADE)
Email: apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca

Employment Potential

Graduates of this program have employment opportunities in the agricultural, construction, and transportation industries.

Contact Information
For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.