Vancouver Community College To Provide Skilled Workers Required For BC’s Transportation Industry

Opportunity: Heavy Duty Mechanics

  • As global trade intensifies and BC’s business and industry become more reliant on the seamless flow of commodities, knowledge, information, capital, goods and passengers, BC will face an increased demand on its transportation system, and, more importantly, the workers who support this system.

  • Industries heavily supported and impacted by the BC transportation industry include: mining, oil and gas, forestry, construction, retail, manufacturing, warehousing, business, agriculture, and tourism.

  • The demand for Heavy Duty Mechanics will be felt in all these industries.

    • Estimated number of job openings between 2010 and 2020 – 11,400

    • % of job openings from replacement 72 %

    • % job openings from expansion 28%

    • Average salary $53,000 - $66,000

Project: VCC’s Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic Industry Collaboration

Over the past 2 years VCC Transportation Trades has been working specifically with Aboriginal, women and youth to train them to work in Oil and Gas, Marine, Heavy Construction, Road building, Forestry, and other sectors that employ Heavy Duty Mechanics and those in related trades of Commercial Transport mechanics and Diesel Engine Mechanics. In consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders, VCC has also created several “discovery to apprenticeship” programs with distinct essential skills and employment transition training. 

Last year VCC worked with a local employer (Coast Mountain Bus Company) to identify distinct skills gaps in 35 of their employees. The training bolstered their skills in welding, electrical and electronic trouble shooting, as well as basic and advanced hydraulic trouble shooting.

VCC is collaborating with BCIT on a joint industry Program Advisory Committee, sharing heavy equipment and tools, and looking into a consolidated building – putting the Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport programs under one roof – a ‘Land Transportation Centre of Excellence’. VCC is also working with others in the post-secondary sector – BCIT, NAIT, as well as industry partners (Finning and First Truck) to hold the first Skills Canada competition in BC for Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport Mechanics.

Labour Force Training At Vancouver Community College

Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Foundation: Start your engines. Offered for more than 50 years at VCC, the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Foundation program gives students a foundation in mechanics and prepares them to choose from trades like diesel engine mechanic, commercial transport vehicle mechanic, heavy duty mechanic and trailer mechanic.

Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice: Designed for the apprentice currently working in the commercial transport industry, this technical training program gives students a thorough training experience. Technical training is designed to meet the needs of the student and industry by providing thorough and up-to-date training.

Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice: This program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the heavy duty equipment industry. Apprentice training is designed to meet the needs of the student and industry by providing comprehensive and up-to-date training. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.

The Ministry of Advanced Education recently announced additional one-time funding for VCC’s Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic foundation program, resulting in an additional 16 seats.

About Vancouver Community College

Region served: Mainland/Southwest
Main industries: Culinary, Hospitality, Health Sciences (Nursing) and Transportation Trades
Locations: Downtown Vancouver and East Vancouver
Campuses/learning centres: 2
Students served annually: 23,000+
Programs offered: 78 certificates, 28 diplomas and 3 bachelor degrees in a variety of career disciplines including health, hospitality, applied business, transportation and other skilled trades.

Uniquely positioned to offer both access and applied post-secondary/career-oriented programs, Vancouver Community College (VCC) prepares a diverse student population for ongoing education, direct entry into employment, career advancement and greater participation in the community. VCC is committed to increasing student access and success through collaborative relationships with others in the post-secondary sector and through strengthened partnerships with industry.

Vancouver Community College Media Contact:
Kate Chandler, Director of Communications and Government Relations
Tel: 604.871.7000 ext. 7531
Cell: 778.873.1513

Media Contact BC Colleges:
Cindy Ball – 604-828-8050
Alix Cameron – 604-839-2770