Overview

Learn to repair, overhaul and maintain agricultural equipment, including tractors, tillage, seeding, 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 apprenticeship education for periods two and four.

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.

Agricultural equipment technicians are skilled tradespeople who are self-motivated and enjoy diagnosing various complex mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems. This line of work is most fulfilling for mechanically inclined people who enjoy working with their hands.

To thrive in this career, it is important to have the following traits:

  • mechanical ability and good eye-hand coordination
  • strength required to lift heavy machine parts
  • ability to read and understand technical information
  • 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 to meet the challenges of the workplace
  • valid driver's license
  • commitment to safe work habits

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and apprenticeship education periods, graduates will be awarded an advanced diploma in addition to 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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Careers and opportunities

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 72020, 72401.

Apprenticeship training

The term of apprenticeship for an agricultural equipment technician is four years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of classroom instruction each year.

SAIT only provides classroom instruction for periods two and four.

Year 2 | Period 2

You will learn engine fundamentals, service and repair, engine systems, diesel fuel injection systems, electronics fuel management as well as heavy-duty charging and cranking systems.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 4 | Period 4

You will learn hydraulics level two, steering and suspension systems (specific to off-road), accessories (specific to off-road) and powertrain (specific to off-road).

Training length: 8 weeks

Apprenticeship education performance

To succeed in apprenticeship education, you must pass each section of the course and the AIT exam.

The passing grade for each section in a course is 65%. A passing mark on each provincial exam and the interprovincial qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

View Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

 

Training pathways

You can earn your journeyperson designation in the following way.  

The traditional training pathway begins with finding a job with an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Once you are an apprentice, you will alternate between on-the-job training and educational periods. 
 
You must apply for an apprenticeship through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training before attending your first education period at SAIT. 

Admission requirements

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

Passing the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training entrance exam.

Recommended requirements

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
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MyTradeSecrets

Once you have begun working as an apprentice, you can attend SAIT to complete your technical training.

You'll register for technical training at SAIT on MyTradeSecrets or you can register by phone.

How to register

Available intakes

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

The estimated total cost of 2024/25 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
2 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
4 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
Total cost:
$2,962

Books or modules, along with other items for classes, are approximately $600 per period.

It's recommended you don't 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 (PPE) will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective until June 30, 2023.

The estimated total cost of 2023/24 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
2 8 $1,056 $319 $1,375
4 8 $1,056 $319 $1,375
Total cost:
$2,750
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Funding options for apprentices

Apprentices get to learn while they earn, but there are still costs to consider. Many resources are available at SAIT and federally to help support apprentices.

Financial aid

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact

Have more questions?

Technical training at SAIT

School of Transportation

Phone
403.284.8471
Email
transportation.info@sait.ca

Apprenticeship training and registration

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services

Phone
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca