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Ontario College Certificate |
2 semesters | Barrydowne | Capped Enrolment

It's no secret that Cambrian's Heavy Equipment 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.

You will learn the basic fundamentals of diesel engines, power trains, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, and brake systems. Choose the Co-op Diploma Program option to get additional real-world experience.

Please note: The official Ministry name for this program is Motive Power Techniques - Heavy Equipment, and this is the name that will appear on your certificate.

Program Highlights
  • 1 year – 2 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
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 placement for this program is an optional co-op and is not required for you to graduate from your regular postsecondary program. You can choose to complete your postsecondary program, and you can graduate with a diploma without participating in the co-op option. However, if you choose, and qualify, to participate in this optional Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship/SkyTech program, you will become a registered apprentice sponsored by SkyTech. Through your participation in this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in two paid co-op placements while earning a college diploma. The combination of your academic curriculum and the experience from the co-op placements enables you to receive completion from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the first, second, and third levels of in-school apprenticeship training.

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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

Semester 1Credits
ELC 1120Electrical Electronics I 4
HDM 1140Diesel Engines I 2
HDM 1150Diesel Engines II 3
HDM 1161Trade Practices Applications I 5
TCA 1100Trade Math I 2
WLD 1105Welding and Oxyacetylene 2
The following General Education course:  3
Personal Finance 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
ENG 1002College Communication 3
HDM 1221Hydraulics 4
HDM 1230Fuels Systems 4
PWT 1100Power Train I 3
PWT 1200Power Train Systems II 3
SSB 1100Suspen/Steer/Brake Sys I Pneumatics 4
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 42
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $3,753.40. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $14,119.28. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017. 

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $3,100. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Furthering Your Studies

Students who successfully complete the Heavy Equipment Techniques program have the option of continuing into the Heavy Equipment Technician program or into the Truck and Coach Technician program.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in the heavy duty equipment industry as:

  • An apprentice mechanic
  • Parts salesperson

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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