Heavy Equipment Techniques (Co-op)

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January 2024

Accepting Applications
Ontario College Certificate ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 08, 2024
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Sem 1 Delivery:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$5,298.86 per semester*
$11,208.04 per semester*
*Tuition amounts are from the 2022-2023 academic year and are subject to change.
Complete tuition detail below

Interested in repairing large machinery and heavy equipment? Do you want to be a Heavy Duty Mechanic? There's never been a better time to build a career in this growing sector

Program Highlights

Throughout your Heavy Equipment Techniques program, you will study the Theory of Operation, overhaul, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment. Upon successful 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. In addition, students will pay a co-op fee (approximately $552.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op.

Why Choose Fleming

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

  • 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.


Upon successful completion of the Heavy Equipment Techniques program, you will be eligible for exemption of the in-school training portion for the respective trade. You will be required to take your final Fleming College transcript and course outlines to your local Ministry Training Colleges & Universities office to apply for exemption.

  • 421A - Heavy Equipment Technician - Heavy Equipment Techniques - Level 1, 2, & 3
  • 425A - Agricultural Equipment Technician - Heavy Equipment Techniques - Level 1 & 2
  • 310T - Truck and Coach Technician - Heavy Equipment Techniques - Level 1
  • 282E - Powered Lift Truck Technician - Heavy Equipment Techniques - Level 1

Scholarships And Bursaries

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 enrol in this program. Check out your eligibility and application details at the Toromont CAT website.

Here is a full list of available scholarships and bursaries within the Heavy Equipment Techniques Co-op program:

  • Toromont CAT Bursary
    $570 value, two available in winter semester
  • CAED - Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors Ontario Chapter Endowment Award
    $840 value, one available in fall semester
  • CAT Foundation Bursary
    $1,000 value, 14 available in winter semester
  • Joe Johnson Equipment Bursary
    $500 value, one available in fall semester
  • Premier Peterbilt Inc. Student Bursary
    $920 value, one available in winter semester

See the Bursaries and Scholarships page for more details.

Benefits of the Co-op Experience

The mandatory co-op is an integral part of the learning and mentoring process. Starting your first semester in January allows you to participate in a paid co-op from May to August (spring semester). This is the busiest season for this industry, so job placements are readily available. This is an ideal opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge gained in semester 1, while demonstrating their abilities to potential, future employers.

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 $20.00 per hour. A good licensed technician can make a living in the range of $70,000.00 to $90,000.00 per year, and with overtime, significantly more. The jobs are to be found in repairing earth moving, aggregate extraction, forest harvesting, materials handling, transportation, agriculture, and mining equipment. With experience, you may become a:

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

Besides hands-on jobs that involve 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 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

Tools and Safety Equipment

All students entering the Heavy Equipment Techniques program are required to purchase and have available, tools and safety equipment for use in our labs. We ask that you acquire the equipment needed for the program prior to start-up.

Download the Heavy Equipment Techniques Equipment List

Additional Costs

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

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

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Heavy Equipment Techniques (Co-op) must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and Gr 11 C Math

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be 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 Skillsmarker to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Technology Requirements

PC / Windows

  • Operating System:
    Windows 10
  • Processor:
    Core i5 - 1.6Ghz minimum
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Internet Connection: 2.5 Mbps Download and 3.0 Mbps Upload (minimum)

Students are required to have their own computer, internet access, webcam and microphone.

Tuition and Fees Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

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