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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne | Capped Enrolment

It's no secret that Cambrian's Heavy Equipment Technician program is among the best – our students compete and win each year at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Become part of our program to get access to our experienced faculty and extensive shop training that will put you ahead of the pack.

After learning the basic fundamentals of diesel engines, power trains, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, and brake systems in first year, you will be introduced to diesel engine construction and classification, power trains, traction controls and wheel final drives, electrical and electronics, and air conditioning. Courses will also include an emphasis on shop safety, basic hand and power tools, fasteners, measuring instruments, starting aid, and starting methods used in the trade.

Program Highlights
  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship option

  • Students consistently medal at the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition

  • Work on scoop trams and other types of equipment in our heavy equipment shop

  • Develop the ability to work service and maintain the various systems and components of heavy equipment

4D Learning Opportunities

Ontario Technological Skills Competition – Each year, select Cambrian Heavy Equipment students compete in this provincial competition against other college students and apprentices.

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program Option

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program combines a college diploma program and apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification. The program enables individuals to train as apprenticeship participants, completing all in-school learning outcomes (trade school). In addition, participants have the option to pursue a co-op with an employer. Individuals who want to register for the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program must meet all eligibility criteria for both the college diploma program as well as apprenticeship training. For further information, please contact the Coordinators, Cooperative Placements at 705-566-8101, ext 7564 or 7707.

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How to Apply

Skills and Trades Training

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Every academic year, students are required to successfully complete an online Student Safety Regulations and General Safety Standards course.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
ELC 1120Electrical Electronics I 14
HDM 1140Diesel Engines I 12
HDM 1150Diesel Engines II 13
HDM 1161Trade Practices Applications I 15
TCA 1100Trade Math I 12
WLD 1105Welding and Oxyacetylene 12
ENG 1002College Communications 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
HDM 1221Hydraulics 14
HDM 1230Fuels Systems 14
PWT 1100Power Train I 13
PWT 1200Power Train Systems II 13
SSB 1100Suspen/Steer/Brake Sys I Pneumatics 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
ELC 2300Electrical Electronics II 14
ENG 1780Applied Communication II 2
HDM 2320Diesel Engines III 12
HDM 2341Heavy Duty Brakes 16
HDM 2401Diesel Engines Systems IV 13
HYS 2300Hydraulic Systems I 13
The following General Education course:  3
Personal Finance 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
DFS 2300Diesel Fuel Injection Systems I 12
DFS 2400Diesel Fuel Injection Systems II 13
ELC 2400Electrical Electronics III 15
HYS 2400Hydraulic Systems II 13
PWT 2300Power Trains Systems III 13
PWT 2400Power Trains Systems IV 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 23
 Total Credits: 88

 Course with Lab Component

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as apprentices in the forestry, mining, and construction industries as well as heavy equipment manufacturing or in truck shops.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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