Heavy Equipment Service Technician

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Heavy Equipment Technicians welcome big challenges at work every day. They have a mastery knowledge of heavy off-road vehicles and industrial equipment and like getting their hands dirty. You’ll learn how to diagnose, repair, adjust, overhaul, maintain, operate and test mobile, heavy equipment. Mechanical expertise is a rare and transferable skill set. For this reason, accomplished Heavy Equipment Technicians find work opportunities in a number of industries across the globe.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed wherever heavy equipment is sold, serviced or repaired. This includes equipment dealers, garages, railways, provincial and municipal departments, and forestry, mining, and construction companies.

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    NOC Codes

    7312 - Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    7321 - Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety
    • Diesel Engines
    • Hydraulic Systems
    • Blades, Buckets and Undercarriages
    • Brake Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Vehicle Service
    • Welding and Cutting
    • Shop Practice
    • Workplace Essential Skills

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    In this course, students are introduced to the principles of hydraulics as they relate to heavy equipment hydraulic systems. Students are given the opportunity to diagnose and repair hydraulic systems using service information documentation and operator equipment manuals (OEM).


      The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

      In this course, students develop electrical/electronic skills as it applies to magnetism, batteries, conventional lighting circuits and gauges, wiring harnesses,and accessories for heavy equipment. Students learn test and service electrical components using wiring schematics and diagnostic tooling and operator equipment manuals (OEM)


      • SECU1194G
      • SECU1205

      Students become familiar with various truck components, use various types of service information systems found in trucks and transports, use gaskets, seals and sealing compounds, perform oil and filter changes, chassis lubrication, service automatic lubrication systems, and safely start, and park vehicles in everyday service work. They follow rules regarding the handling of ozone depletion substances according to safety guidelines.


      • SECU1205
      • SECU1194G

      The purpose of this 3-week practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

      Students acquire the skills to service, maintain and troubleshoot blades, undercarriages and tires on heavy equipment.


      • MPTA1003G
      • SECU1194G

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

      In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

      This is a 1-day environmental awareness training course based on Environment Canada's "Code of Practice for Reducing CFC/HCFC/HFC Emissions in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems". It is suitable for residential, commercial, industrial, domestic, automotive and mobile applications. Specific topics covered are: CFCs and the ozone layer, isolation valving, recommended components, leak detection methods, system charging procedures, special maintenance provisions, and refrigerant recovery, reuse, recycle and reclamation equipment.


      • SECU1194G

      This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

      The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

      This course is designed to equip the students with the skills required to recognize, use, and maintain the tools of their trade from the perspective of organization, efficiency, and safety. They cover basic shop tools and equipment including hand and power tools, fasteners, tubing, and fittings.


      • SECU1194G

      Students acquire knowledge regarding engine principles, cooling systems, air filtration and exhaust systems, and diesel fuel systems to carry out engine and engine support system servicing tasks.


      • MPTA1003G

      Students are challenged to carry out all tasks related to the service and repair of hydraulic brakes and air brakes. They become proficient at diagnostics, removal and installation of all components related to brake systems.


      • MPTA1003G

      Students acquire welding skills using Metal Inert Gas Welding (GMAW) or (MIG) and Sheilded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) equipment to carry out installation and repair tasks on heavy equipment and motive power components.


      • SECU1205
      • SECU1194G

      Specific Considerations

      Graduates of this program may be employed wherever heavy equipment is sold, serviced or repaired. This includes equipment dealers, garages, railways, provincial and municipal departments, and forestry, mining and construction companies. They may also be employed as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Logging Equipment Mechanic, Mining Equipment Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Farm Equipment Mechanic, and Construction Equipment Mechanic.

      Disclaimer: This web copy provides guidance to prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty and staff. Although advice is readily available on request, the responsibility for program selection ultimately rests with the student. Programs, admission requirements and other related information is subject to change.

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