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Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport Technician

Certificate

Program Overview

The Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport Technician program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives you basic training in two high-demand mechanical trades at once. Heavy duty equipment technicians work on large mobile equipment—bulldozers, cranes, graders, loaders and earthmovers used in construction, mining, forestry and more. Truck and transport mechanics work on trucks, buses and highway transport vehicles for dealers, garages and transportation companies.

Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport Technician is a one-year certificate program offered in Saskatoon. Build the knowledge and skills you need to service, maintain, diagnose and repair heavy equipment, trucks, buses and transport vehicles. You’ll get training in:

  • air conditioning and heating systems
  • brake, steering and suspension systems
  • electrical and hydraulic systems
  • engines, fuel systems and power trains
  • equipment operation and maintenance
  • trade math and blueprint reading
  • use of shop equipment and tools
  • welding

60% Shop Time, 40% Class Time

You’ll learn from highly qualified instructors in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped heavy equipment shop facility at 135 English Crescent in Saskatoon. The industry is a big supporter of our students, which means you’ll learn on advanced equipment. You’ll also participate in an industry-based two-week work experience.

Get Apprenticeship Credit

When you graduate, you’ll get credit for Levels 1 and 2 apprenticeship in either the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician or Truck and Transport Mechanic trades. It’s a head start on journeyperson certification—and step toward higher pay and greater mobility. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are in demand. When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills you need to sell, operate, maintain and repair heavy equipment, trucks, buses and transport vehicles. Start your career in an equipment dealership, transportation company, public transit operation, service and rental company. There are also hands-on jobs in construction, forestry, mining and oil and gas industries, as well as opportunities to move into sales, marketing and management. You could also open your own business.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 35 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 10
  • Effective for the 2016 intake: Grade 11 with one of the following mathematics; Foundations of Math 20, Pre-Calculus 20, Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20 (Modified and General Math credits are not acceptable)
  • English Language Requirement

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 60 Arithmetic
    • Effective for the 2016 intake - 65 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 55 Sentence
    • Effective for the 2016 intake - 65 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$7,400

International Students

Saskatoon

$14,800

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
AIR 170
Air Conditioning
4
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You will learn the operation, diagnosis and repair of air conditioning and heating systems and their controls using specialized tools. Environmental certification is available at an extra cost.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
BRAK 170
Drum and Disc Brake Systems
5
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You will learn the function, operation, maintenance and repair of drum, disc and multiple disc brake systems.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 82.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
BRAK 171
Anti-Lock Brake and Traction
2
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You will learn the function, operation, maintenance and basic diagnostic procedures for anti-lock brake and traction control systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Prerequisites(s): BRAK 170(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
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You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
COMP 170
Basic Computer Operation
1
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You will be introduced to the basics of computer concepts. Topics you will study include computer components, hardware and software, working in a graphical user interface, file management, word processing and the Internet. The general skills you learn in this course will prepare you for further courses such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation graphics.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 342, COMP 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Online - Individual, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
DRTR 170
Bearings, Seals, Clutches, and Transmissions
4
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You will learn how to remove, inspect and install various seals and bearings. You will also learn how to diagnose and repair clutches. The course content includes the operation, diagnosis and repair of manual transmissions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 53.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRTR 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DRTR 171
Differentials and Final Drives
4
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You will learn how to diagnose and repair drivelines and differentials. You will study the operation of planetary final drive and steerable drive axle systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 53.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRTR 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DRTR 172
Tracks and Undercarriage
4
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You will study final drives, standard and planetary gear reductions and undercarriage in crawler tractors and wheeled machines. You will also learn basic rigging and hoisting principles.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 53.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 171
Fundamentals of Electricity
4
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You will study fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism. Your studies will focus on batteries and basic circuit operation. You will learn how to use electrical test equipment to service and repair basic electrical circuits.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 172
Starting and Charging Circuits
4
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You will study electromagnetism as it relates to starting and charging system operation. You will learn how to service and troubleshoot starting and charging systems and their components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 171(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
ELTR 174
Gauges and Electronic Systems
4
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You will study specialized electrical circuits and the operation, troubleshooting and repair of instrumentation systems. Your studies will include an introduction to electronic control systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 53.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 171(concurrent), ELEC 172(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENGN 170
Diesel Engines
5
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You will learn how to service and maintain the diesel engine and its support systems. The course content includes cooling, lubrication, fuel injection (low pressure side), air induction and exhaust systems. You will also learn how to remove and install engines.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 81.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EQPT 170
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
2
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You will learn how to operate, service and maintain various types of construction trucks and construction equipment. Your studies will focus on the function and operation of component parts and regular service and maintenance procedures. You will work at a construction site to gain experience in operating construction trucks and a variety of earth-moving equipment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): EQPT 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
HYDR 170
Hydraulic Fundamentals
4
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You will study basic hydraulic principles, diagrams and symbols. The course covers hydraulic systems and their component operation and maintenance. You will disassemble and assemble hydraulic components. You will become familiar with common types of fittings, adapters and flaring and bending tubing.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
HYDR 171
Servicing Hydraulic Systems
4
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You will learn the operation of open and closed centre and advanced hydraulic systems. You will practice the diagnosis, adjustment and repair of hydraulic systems and components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 170(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MATH 187
Mathematics
2
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You will develop the background knowledge in basic mathematics, while focusing on applications within the mechanical trades.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 119
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
METT 170
Steering and Suspension
4
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You will learn the operation, adjustment, diagnosis and repair of steering and suspension system components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
METT 171
Cab and Chassis
2
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You will learn how to repair cab and chassis systems and components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PRNT 170
Sketching and Blueprint Reading
1
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You will learn how to sketch a mechanical part (views with dimensioning and isometrics). The course content includes reading mechanical drawings and building an assembly sketch (complete with a bill of materials).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory
TOOL 170
Basic Tools
4
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You will develop safe work practices. You will learn how to use and maintain shop/hand/power tools, measuring devices, fasteners, sealants and fittings. You will gain experience in tool and equipment operation through the creation of benchwork projects. The course content includes general safety rules, basic firefighting techniques and OHSA and WHMIS regulations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Equivalent Course(s): SHOP 187, TOOL 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WELD 177
Welding
2
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You will learn the safe set up, operation and application of oxy-fuel cutting and torch brazing, Gas Metal Arc welding utilizing short-circuit transfer and Shielded Metal Arc welding. You will demonstrate safe operation and application while completing shop assigned projects utilizing an oxy-fuel system, Gas Metal Arc welding and Shielded Metal Arc welding on various gauges of metal in multiple positions.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): WLDR 109
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WORK 170
Work Placement
0
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You will be placed in a typical work situation in industry. Observing and working with qualified mechanics will help you gain insight into work habits, on-the-job routines and job requirements.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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