Heavy Equipment Service Technician

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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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    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • 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

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course introduces learners to the basic components of hydraulic systems. Learners will be able to apply these principles to troubleshoot, service, and repair a basic hydraulic system.

    Learners apply hydraulic principles to service hydraulic lines and fittings, actuators, accumulators, reservoirs, and filters found in the heavy equipment industry. Learners participate in assembly and disassembly, diagnostics, installation and removal, and problem-solving activities.


    • SECU1322B
    • TMMG1040A
    • FLUI1064A

    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.

    This course introduces learners to the basic principles of electrical and electronics in the mobile equipment trades.

    Learners will apply electrical and electronic principles to tasks such as electrical system diagnostics, working with lighting circuits and gauges, and maintaining wiring harnesses and accessories found in the heavy equipment service industry.


    • MESE1055A
    • TMMG1040A
    • SECU1322B

    This module introduces learners to the procedures necessary to safely diagnose and repair steering systems.


    • SECU1322B
    • TMMG1040A

    In this course, learners are introduced to inspection and maintenance techniques, service information systems, and vehicle start, move, and park procedures.

    In this course learners will cover the fundamentals of servicing and maintaining heavy equipment buckets and blades.


    • MPTA1081A
    • TMMG1040A
    • SECU1322B

    In this course, learners cover the fundamentals of servicing and maintaining heavy equipment undercarriages and tires.


    • MPTA1081A
    • TMMG1040A
    • SECU1322B

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

    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, learners focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job in a trade.


    In this course, learners 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 "Environmental Code of Practice for the Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems, 2014". 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.


    • SECU1322B

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

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

    Learners are introduced to the operating principles of an internal combustion engine. Upon completion of this course, learners will have a general knowledge of all components required to understand how an internal combustion engine operates.

    Learners acquire the knowledge and skills of hydraulic and air brake systems, their components and operation.


    • SECU1322B
    • TMMG1040A

    Learners will acquire basic cutting and welding operations using oxy-acetylene and electric welding equipment. Instructions includes safe practices and safe methods as well as a general knowledge of metallurgy.


    • SECU1322B

    NOC Codes

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

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