Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice or gain experience with our Diesel Equipment Technician program.
As a heavy equipment technician, you will be employed by specialized repair shops and organizations that own or lease heavy equipment used in the construction, mining, forest, materials handling, landscaping, land clearing, agricultural and transport industries. You will likely work in industrial sites, construction sites, large shops designed to house the heavy vehicles and equipment and some work in modern laboratories. You may work indoors and outdoors depending on the project and your employer may have travel requirements.
After becoming a journeyperson, you may move into management positions. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.
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.
Successful completion of the following courses:
- English 20-2
- Math 20-3
- Science 10
A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:
- English 30-2
- Math 30-3
- Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
- 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
Suite 200 Willow Park Centre
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE
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.
Depending on the specialization, apprentices will spend two to four periods of technical training and on-the-job training before becoming a journeyperson.
Heavy equipment technician - transport trailer mechanics: the term of apprenticeship for a heavy equipment technician-transport trailer mechanic is two years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training in the first period and a minimum of 1800 hours of on-the-job training in the second period.
Heavy equipment technician - truck and transport mechanics: the term of apprenticeship for a truck and transport mechanic is three years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.
Heavy equipment technician - heavy-duty equipment mechanics (off-road): the term of apprenticeship for a heavy-duty equipment mechanic (Off-road) is three years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.
Heavy equipment technician: the term of apprenticeship for a heavy equipment technician is four years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.
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%.
Domestic tuition and fees*
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Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee: $37.50
Lab and materials fee: $77
Campus recreation fee: $45.80
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.