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Heavy Equipment Technician Apprentice

Ongoing

Credential: Apprenticeship
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn how to maintain, repair and overhaul heavy vehicles, transport trailers, heavy duty off-road vehicles and industrial equipment.

$30-$60

Average Hourly Wage

4

Periods of Training

Next information session

All information sessions

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $922.92
Year 2: $922.92
Year 3: $922.92
Year 4: $922.92


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

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for appretniceship intakes open on May 15, 2019

Program Details

Program description

If you enjoy mechanics, precise work and problem solving, you will enjoy working as a Heavy Equipment Technician. You will maintain, repair and overhaul heavy vehicles, transport trailers, heavy duty off-road vehicles and industrial equipment. You will interpret orders, diagnose faults and malfunctions before adjusting equipment or repairing and replacing defective parts or systems.

In Alberta, you may specialize as transport-trailer mechanics, truck and transport mechanics, heavy duty equipment mechanic (off-road) or an overall heavy equipment technician.

  • Transport Trailer Mechanics – transport trailer mechanics maintain, repair and overhaul commercial transport devices that are connected to or moved by a power unit. They provide maintenance and repair flat decks, dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, tankers, converters, boosters, pole trailers, jeeps, steering dollies, dump trailers and other commercial pull type devices.
  • Truck and Transport Mechanics– truck and transport mechanics maintain, repair and overhaul on-highway vehicles. They will work on internal combustion engines and components, on-highway vehicles including buses and trucks, towed on-highway and off-highway vehicles including semi-trailers.
  • Heavy Equipment Technician (off-road)– heavy duty equipment mechanics (off-road) maintain, repair and overhaul heavy equipment vehicles and industrial equipment that is off-road. They will repair internal combustion engines and components, crawler tractors, ground engaging equipment, earth moving equipment, off-highway motor vehicles and towed off-highway vehicles.
  • Heavy Equipment Technician (overall)- Heavy equipment technicians are trained to work on transport trailers, truck and transport vehicles and off-road vehicles. They will maintain, repair and overhaul heavy vehicles and industrial equipment in a variety of settings.


This is a compulsory trade - to work in this trade you need to hold a recognized trade certificate or be a registered apprentice.

Your career

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.

As a journeyperson, you will likely make a wage between $30 - $60 an hour depending on your employer.

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.

Student success

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the auto body trade:

  • Good vision, hearing and sense of smell to diagnose problems
  • The strength and stamina required to work with heavy equipment and work in cramped or awkward positions
  • Comfort in working alone or with a team
  • Mechanical ability and an interest in all types of machinery, engines, electronics and precision equipment
  • The ability to problem solve, think logically and keep current with the changes in technology
  • A valid driver’s license is required to operate equipment for testing purposes

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. Auto body technicians and auto body refinishers are Red Seal Endorsed trades –a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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 10-2
  • Math 10-3
  • 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 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.

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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Courses

Depending on the specialization, apprentices will spend two to four periods of technical training and work experience before becoming a journeyperson. See below for an outline of each period.

Common to all 

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer
Sign contract and recieve record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts

Heavy Equipment Technician - Transport Trailer Mechanics

Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical trainingfor 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Become a Journeyperson 

Heavy Equipment Technician - Truck and Transport Mechanics

Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete third period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

Heavy Equipment Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics (off road)

Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Complete third period of technical training at SAIT (8 weeks) - the curriculum is different from the third year of truck and transport mechanics
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

Heavy Equipment Technician  

Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete first period of technical trainingfor 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete third period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Complete fourth period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Complete fourth period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

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 Student Association fees 2019/20 total
1 $784.00 $71.92 $67.00 $922.92
2 $784.00 $71.92 $67.00 $922.92
3 $784.00 $71.92 $67.00 $922.92
4 $784.00 $71.92 $67.00 $922.92

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.

  • 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.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Contact

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

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

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

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