HMTF 102 - Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

There are 4 paths included within this course. They are Truck and Transport Mechanic, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Diesel Engine Mechanic and Transport Trailer Technician. Students will learn the basics of service and repair of brakes, hydraulics, electrical systems, suspension, steering, heating and ventilation, air conditioning and trailer service and repair.
Students will start off with instruction in safe work practices, including identification and safe use of shop tools, and work through all areas of transport and heavy equipment repair fundamentals.
This program prepares students for the Heavy Mechanical Apprentice level 2.
A more comprehensive description is found on the ITA website at

Hours: 910 (Lecture Hours: 383;  Shop Teaching Kitchen: 527)




Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Occupational Skills
-Use safe work practices
-Use hand & power tools & shop equipment
-Identify lubricants
-Use fasteners &fittings
-Lift & support loads
-Operate equipment
-Use shop resources & record keeping practices
-Use service winch wire rope
-Service bearings & seals
-Use cutting & welding equipment
-Describe diagnostic procedures
-Service and repair brakes, including hydraulic, power hydraulic brakes
-Service and repair air brakes
-Describe hydraulic systems
-Repair hydraulic components
-Describe electricity
-Service starting and charging systems
-Use electrical testing instruments
-Service electrical circuits
-Service and diagnose batteries
Suspension & Steering
-Service and diagnose tires – wheels & hubs
-Service, diagnose and repair suspension systems
-Service steering systems
-Diagnose and repair frames
-Remove and install undercarriage
-Service land gear & trailer accessories
-Service and repair coupling systems
-Service, diagnose and repair trailer body components
-Diagnose & repair trailer heating and refrigeration systems
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
-Describe air conditions fundamentals
-Diagnose & repair air conditioning systems
Engines and Supporting Systems
-Service engine support systems
-Service diesel fuel supply systems
-Service gasoline fuel systems
-Remove and install diesel engine
-Service, diagnose and repair electronic ignition systems
-Service clutches
-Service manual transmissions
-Service torque converters and dividers
-Service powershift and automatic transmissions
-Service drivelines
-Service drive axles
-Service final drives
-Remove and install transmissions
-Remove and install drivelines and differentials
-Remove and install final drives
Structural Components & Accessories
-Identify protective structures
-Service cab structures


Learning Outcomes:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation. This document can be found in its most current form at:


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.