Heavy Equipment Techniques (Co-op)

Fascinated by large machinery and heavy equipment? There's never been a better time to build a career in this growing sector.


Winter 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: MPH
Location: Lindsay
Contact: Kristine Hubers Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: January 11, 2016
Tuition Fees (Domestic): $5,433.43 per semester*
Tuition Fees (International): $10,239.00 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Throughout your Heavy Equipment Techniques program, you will study the overhaul, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment. Upon completion, you will have a comprehensive background in mechanical studies, preventative maintenance, safe shop practices, and equipment management systems.

Please note: In this program, students pay tuition and fees for two semesters. Students complete their paid co-op over the summer semester.

Why Choose Fleming

Studying Heavy Equipment skills at Fleming College pays off in several ways:

  • The Centre for Heavy Equipment Technology at Fleming College is the only one of its kind. We're sponsored by the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors (CAED), Ontario Chapter - with its 200 member companies who sell, service, and use heavy equipment.
  • We are known for our up-to-date equipment, quality programs, high industry placement rate, and skilled, knowledgeable instructors.
  • Excellent relationships with the industry mean jobs - linking students to potential employment opportunities upon graduation.
  • You'll use the latest, state-of-the-art equipment, supplied by our sponsors - no point in learning on outdated equipment, is there?

Tours of the Heavy Equipment Centre are available every Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Tours are approximately 30 minutes. Book a tour by calling 1-866-353-6464 ext. 3611. You can also arrange a tour of the main campus and residence either before or afterwards.

The Toromont CAT THINK BIG Scholarship is available to students who are currently employed by or who have previously been employed by Toromont CAT as a high school co-op in a skilled trade, and who plan to enroll in this program. Check out your eligibility and application details at the Toromont CAT website. A bursary is also available from Premier Peterbilt (value $1000). Check the Bursaries and Scholarships page on the college website


Co-op Experience

The mandatory co-op is an integral part of the learning and mentoring process and it enables you to apply the skills you have learned in first semester. Students complete the paid co-op over the summer semester.

Career Opportunities

There are several opportunities for graduates, particularly for women considering a non-traditional trade. Whether you want to work close to home, or want to try out a new locale and culture, there are many jobs, and the starting wage is about $16.00 per hour. A good technician can make a living in the high $50,000.00 to low $60,000.00 range per year, and with overtime, significantly more. The jobs are to be found in repairing earth moving, aggregate extraction, forest harvesting, materials handling, transportation, and mining equipment. With experience, you may become a:

  • heavy equipment technician
  • field service technician
  • product specialist
  • business owner

Besides hands-on jobs involving the repair of equipment, there are other career opportunities - such as positions in product support, sales, or parts.

Is this You?

Besides a desire to work with large equipment, it would help if you have the following skills and characteristics:

  • math skills
  • computing ability
  • strong customer service orientation
  • self-motivation, discipline
  • good manual dexterity
  • willingness to work long/various hours

Previous experience with heavy equipment, machinery, or vehicles would be an asset.

More Skills. More Opportunities.

For the first 3 semesters of the Heavy Equipment Technician program you take the same courses as for the Electrical Power Generation Technician diploma. That means when you complete the Heavy Equipment Technician program, you can enter directly into the fourth semester of the Electrical Power Generation Technician program. With one more semester of study, you can obtain an Ontario College Diploma, expand your skills, and your employment options.


Success Stories

Derek Doyle, from Peterborough, Ontario graduated and was hired to work as a Technician by Toromont CAT. He was one of six students in the program graduating class to be hired by Toromont, along with another six students hired from the Electrical Power Generation program.

“I love the program because it’s so hands-on. Most people coming in have a general knowledge but we get right to the specifics like hydraulics, powertrains, and how everything works. I find it interesting and even relaxing when I’m working intensely. The key is not to get ahead of yourself,” said Derek.

How happy is he to be heading straight from college into his new career? “What a feeling to hear  ‘you’ve got job offers,’” Derek beamed as he replied.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 1 College (C) Math course (Grade 11)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Related Programs

Upon graduation, you can enter directly into the fourth semester of the Electrical Power Generation Technician program.

Additional Costs

Plan on spending about $1,150 for books, tools and supplies.

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