2022-23 Calendar

Heavy Mechanical Foundation Certificate

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 38-week (1,140 hours) program provides learners with little or no previous experience in the Heavy Duty Mechanic, Commercial Transport Mechanic, Diesel Engine Mechanic, or Transport Trailer Technician trades with the skills necessary to seek employment in the industry. Instruction in theoretical and practical components of all four trades are included, giving students the opportunity to choose to enter any of the four trades as an apprentice. The program includes a two-week industry work placement. Graduates of this program will receive an Okanagan College program certificate, Level 1 Technical Training credit and 450 work-based training hours towards one of the four trades from the Industry Training Authority.

Admission Requirements

B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.

A minimum of 50% in one of:

  • Pre-calculus Grade 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
  • Workplace Mathematics 11
  • Principles of Mathematics 11
  • Applications of Mathematics 11
  • Essentials of Mathematics 11
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
  • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Or a minimum of 63% in the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) Mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.

Program Outline

HMFP 101A Occupational Skills (Theory)
HMFP 101B Occupational Skills (Practicum)
HMFP 102A Brakes (Theory)
HMFP 102B Brakes (Practicum)
HMFP 103A Hydraulics (Theory)
HMFP 103B Hydraulics (Practicum)
HMFP 104A Electrical (Theory)
HMFP 104B Electrical (Practicum)
HMFP 105A Frames, Steering, Suspension and Tracks (Theory)
HMFP 105B Frames, Steering, Suspension and Tracks (Practicum)
HMFP 106A Trailer (Theory)
HMFP 106B Trailers (Practicum)
HMFP 107A Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (Theory)
HMFP 107B Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (Practicum)
HMFP 108A Engines and Supporting Systems (Theory)
HMFP 108B Engines and Supporting Systems (Practicum)
HMFP 109A Powertrains (Theory)
HMFP 109B Powertrains (Practicum)
HMFP 110A Structural Components & Accessories (Theory)
HMFP 110B Structural Components & Accessories (Practicum)
HMFP 111 Industry Work Placement
HMFP 112 Final Exam

Graduation Requirements

HMFP 111 Industry Work Placement students must receive a "Pass" grade. In all other courses minimum passing grade is 70%.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Jan, Aug, Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $5,832.62

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/09/2022