Agricultural Equipment Technician

Ongoing

Length: 4 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to repair, overhaul and maintain agricultural equipment including tractors, tillage equipment, seeding equipment and harvesting equipment. 

If you enjoy precise work, problem-solving and working with your hands, you'll enjoy a career as an agricultural equipment technician. SAIT offers technical training for periods 2 and 4.

You may specialize in service and repair of fuel injection pumps and injectors, engine overhaul, hydraulic systems, power shift transmissions or specific types of equipment (combines, forage harvesters, tractors, etc.).

In general, you will:

  • service and repair engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems and the electrical and electronic systems of agricultural equipment
  • pinpoint problems by discussing equipment operation with owners, visually checking and listening to machinery in operation and using testing equipment
  • take defective units apart and repair or replace broken, worn-out or faulty parts, reassemble, adjust, lubricate and test repaired units
  • assemble and adjust new agricultural equipment
  • learn and apply precision farm technologies such as automated steering systems

Agricultural equipment technicians must keep up-to-date with new developments in the agricultural equipment field. 

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

The work is most rewarding for those who enjoy working with their hands and who are capable of diagnosing a variety of complex mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems. To be successful in the trade, agricultural equipment technicians need:

  • mechanical ability and good eye-hand coordination
  • the strength required to lift heavy machine parts
  • the ability to read and understand technical information
  • the ability to work independently with little supervision
  • flexibility in working extra hours when required
  • some experience in the agricultural industry
  • math, communication and computer skills
  • effective interpersonal skills in meeting the challenges of the workplace
  • a valid driver's license

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Agricultural Equipment Technician is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Most agricultural equipment technicians are employed by retail agricultural equipment dealerships. Where a number of technicians are employed by one business, the opportunity exists for advancement to supervisory positions.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions, specialize in a type of repair or take on new apprentices. You can move into sales positions or become manufacturers' service representatives. Individuals may move into management positions with the company or purchase an agricultural equipment dealership. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate

$30 - $45
Average hourly wage
4
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 2: $1,168.72  
Year 4: $1,168.72


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

When can you apply?

Registration for the 2021/2022 academic year opens on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Admission and Completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.


Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 20-2
  • Math 20-3
  • Science 10

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 30 OR Chemistry 30 OR Science 30
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB 

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Training

The term of apprenticeship for an agricultural equipment technician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year. SAIT only provides technical training for periods 2 and 4.

Training outline

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $- $- $- $-
2 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
3 $- $- $- $-
4 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72

SAIT Fees

Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee: $37.50
Campus recreation fee: $45.80
Lab & Material fee: $77

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Learn more about paying for your apprenticeship

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

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