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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

After learning the basic fundamentals of trades practices, diesel engines, fuel systems, power trains, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, steering 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

  • Upon successful completion of our program, your diploma equates to three levels of theory required towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification.

  • Work on off-road heavy equipment such as loaders, bulldozers, trucks, and various components like engines, transmissions, brake systems, fuel systems, hydraulic systems found in our heavy equipment shop

  • Develop the ability to work service and maintain the various electronic control systems and components found on 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.

Optional Paid Co-op

Our program features an optional, paid co-op directly related to your program of study. During this work-integrated learning experience, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge in an actual work environment, giving you industry training that you can showcase to potential employers when you graduate.

You will be required to complete work preparation sessions prior to the work term to help you develop an industry-specific resume and effective interviewing skills. Cambrian’s Career Centre will support you through this process and will also help you to source and apply for placement opportunities.

International students: Study permits prohibit international students from participating in optional co-ops. However, if you are an international student and are interested in work-integrated learning opportunities, visit Cambrian’s Career Centre to discuss available options with a career advisor. Opportunities may include volunteer positions or part-time or full-time jobs during academic breaks and/or during the academic year.

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

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ELC 1120 Electrical & Electronics I 1 4
HDM 1161 Trade Practices & Applications I 1 5
HDM 1162 Trade Practices II 4
HDM 1170 Diesel Engines 1 4
MTH 1010 Trade Math I 3
Semester 2
HDM 1221 Hydraulics 1 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
HDM 1230 Fuel Systems 1 4
SSB 1100 Suspen/Steer/Brake Sys I Pneumatics 1 4
PWT 1210 Power Train Systems 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ELC 2300 Electrical & Electronics II 1 4
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
HDM 2370 Diesel Engines II 4
HDM 2371 Heavy Duty Brakes 4
HYS 2300 Hydraulic Systems I 1 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
DFS 2402 Diesel Fuel Injection Systems 4
ELC 2400 Electrical & Electronics III 1 5
HYS 2400 Hydraulic Systems II 1 3
PWT 2401 Power Train Systems II 4
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits81


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 $1500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

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.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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