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Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport

Applied Certificate
Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport

Program Overview

The Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport applied certificate program is based at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon. It is delivered off campus at regional colleges and through Skills Training programming.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Men and women who sell, operate, maintain and repair heavy equipment, trucks, buses and transport vehicles are in high demand.

Graduates are excellent assistants to journeyperson mechanics and may find employment in construction, forestry, mining, oil field or transportation industries. Opportunities also exist in marketing, management and self-employment.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies

For more information, contact Janice Matwishyn at Janice.matwishyn@saskpolytech.ca or 306-765-1564.


  • Length:

     21 weeks


    Locations

    • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.

    Admissions

    Admission Requirements

    • 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©

    • 65 Arithmetic
    • 65 Reading
    • 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

    For information, contact Janice Matwishyn at Janice.matwishyn@saskpolytech.ca or 306-765-1564.

    Courses

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    Name/Description
    Credits
     
    BRAK 113
    Brake Systems Air Theory
    1
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    You will study the design, operation and service recommendations for air operated systems. Air operated anti-lock braking systems will be covered. Traction and stability control systems will also be covered.
    Credit Units: 1
    Course Hours: 15.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    BRAK 114
    Brake Systems Air Shop
    2
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    You will service, repair and test air activated foundation brake systems. Park brake systems of various designs will be evaluated. Anti-lock, traction, and stability control systems will be analyzed.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    BRAK 115
    Brake Systems Hydraulic Theory
    1
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    You will study the design, operation and service recommendations for hydraulic brake systems. Hydraulically operated anti-lock braking systems will be covered. Traction and stability control systems will be discussed. You will also learn about electric braking systems.
    Credit Units: 1
    Course Hours: 15.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    BRAK 116
    Brake Systems Hydraulic Shop
    2
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    You will service, repair and test hydraulically activated foundation brake systems. Park brake systems of various designs will be evaluated. Air-lock, traction, and stability control systems will be analyzed. Electric brake systems will be serviced and repaired.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    ELCT 102
    Electrical Basics Theory
    2
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    You will study the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, Ohm’s law and the use of analog and digital meters. Various faults and their effects on circuit operation will be discussed. You will study battery construction, operation, as well as testing and servicing procedures.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    ELCT 103
    Electrical Basics Shop
    2
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    You will practice diagnosing faults in electrical circuits using digital meters. Wet cell batteries will be tested and serviced as required.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    HVAC 101
    Environmental Control Systems
    1
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    You will become familiar with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute’s program on environmental awareness regarding Ozone Depleting Substances.
    Credit Units: 1
    Course Hours: 15.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    HYDR 114
    Hydraulic Basics Theory
    4
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    You will study the basic hydraulic principles of flow and pressure, system component operation and maintenance procedures. You will also learn to interpret symbolic diagrams to determine system operation.
    Credit Units: 4
    Course Hours: 60.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    HYDR 115
    Hydraulic Basics Shop
    4
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    You will disassemble, inspect, measure, assemble, adjust and test hydraulic pumps, valves and motors on a test stand. You will disassemble and repair hydraulic cylinders from live machines or shop models. You will work with common types of hydraulic fittings and adaptors, and practice installing hose ends, flaring and bending tubing.
    Credit Units: 4
    Course Hours: 60.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    JOBS 125
    Essential Job Skills
    1
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    You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
    Credit Units: 1
    Course Hours: 15.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    MAIN 104
    Structural Components Theory
    2
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    You will cover preventative maintenance programs on both highway and off road equipment. Hoisting and rigging techniques will be discussed. On highway power unit frame and suspension systems as well as docking and coupling systems will be covered. ROPS and FOPS safety systems will be covered as they pertain to heavy equipment.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    MAIN 105
    Structural Components Shop
    2
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    You will perform preventive maintenance procedures on both off road and on highway equipment. Hoisting and rigging procedures will be implemented. Various hitching and docking systems will be analyzed. Highway tractor frames and suspensions will be inspected. Operator protection systems on heavy equipment will be inspected and repaired.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    MATH 169
    Trade Mathematics
    2
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    You will learn mathematical concepts commonly used in your trade. After reviewing basic arithmetic and basic equations, you will solve various algebra problems as applied to your trade. You will perform Imperial and Metric conversions, and calculate the perimeter, area and volume of many common shapes, as well as use Pythagorean theorem.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    STER 102
    Steering Systems Theory
    2
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    You will focus on basic steering geometry and wheel alignment angles, wheels and tires and tire balancing.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    STER 103
    Steering Systems Shop
    2
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    You will service steering system components and perform a wheel alignment. You will also remove and replace a wheel assembly. Also covered will be hub removal and installation using industry approved procedures. Tire removal, replacement and balancing will also be covered.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    TOOL 154
    Basic Tools Theory
    1
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    You will learn to identify, use and maintain hand tools and shop equipment. You will learn to read and use various measuring instruments and the proper method of sawing, filing, drilling, thread cutting, tool sharpening, and layout procedures. You will also learn to identify and use threaded fasteners and fittings, chemical fasteners and sealants. The course content includes safety rules, basic firefighting techniques and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) regulations.
    Credit Units: 1
    Course Hours: 15.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
    TOOL 155
    Basic Tools Shop
    2
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    You will use and maintain hand tools and shop equipment. You will use various measuring instruments and perform sawing, filing, drilling, thread cutting, tool sharpening and layout procedures. You will use threaded fasteners and fittings, chemical fasteners and sealants. You will demonstrate safety rules and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) regulations.
    Credit Units: 2
    Course Hours: 30.0
    Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
    WORK 149
    Work Experience
    0
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    You will participate in a work placement to further your understanding of workplace employer needs. You will become familiar with the industry and gain practical experience in the workplace.
    Credit Units: 0
    Course Hours: 80.0
    Equivalent Course(s): WORK 170
    Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

    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 Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.


    Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

    • credit is granted for COMM 127 (Industrial Communications) and MATH 125 (Industrial Mathematics) in other Saskatchewan Polytechnic industrial/trades programs
    • credit is granted for the following Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate-level Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport Technician courses: COMM 127 (Industrial Communications), DRTR 170 (Bearings, Seals, Clutches and Transmissions), DRTR 171 (Differentials and Final Drives), ELEC 171 (Fundamentals of Electricity), ELEC 172 (Starting and Charging Circuits) and MATH 125 (Industrial Mathematics).

    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.

    More about scholarships

    Additional Information

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    Part-Time Delivery

    Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

    View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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