On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses/credits successfully completed per semester.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
Train for a career repairing, maintaining and overhauling transport vehicles and heavy equipment.
A combination of action-based learning in a shop environment and theory courses will prepare you for a career in a number of industries and let you continue your path as a heavy equipment technician apprentice.
This 30-week program has been designed by industry representatives to meet the specific needs of today’s large and diverse heavy equipment industry. After completing the program, you will be a highly trained entry-level tradesperson ready to enter the workforce as a Heavy Equipment Technician apprentice.
As a graduate of the program, you may be credited with up to 600 hours' worth of work experience towards your apprenticeship, as well as the opportunity to write your first and second-period apprenticeship exams.
Is this the right fit for me?
Students who have taken automotive mechanics in high school as well as achieved higher grades in their previous schooling experience greater success in the Diesel Equipment Technician program.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Diesel Equipment Technician.
Students achieving a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 will be allowed to challenge the Heavy Equipment Technician 1st and 2nd-year technical exams from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) form and a fee will be required by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Successful students may also be granted up to 600 hours of work credit towards their apprenticeship hours.
New program launching for fall 2023
You need the most industry-relevant tech-focused education and we've got you covered. With industry input to meet the demands of the current and growing labour market, we've launched a new Transport and Heavy Equipment Technology two-year diploma program. Learn a better way to launch your career in transportation.Learn more about the program
Graduates can pursue job opportunities in light and heavy construction, oil field support, forestry, mining, marine, transportation, public utilities, agriculture or any industry that relies on heavy equipment, potential positions include:
- heavy equipment technician apprentice
- shop foreman
- manufacturer district service representative
- factory quality control inspector
- regional service manager
- fleet maintenance manager
Related careers include:
- technical training instructor
- service manager
Tuition and fees*
- Year 1: $8,031.50
- Year 1: $20,712.88
Final costs are dependent on the number of course credits a student takes per semester.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.
This program may not have an intake every semester. See available intakes above.
|Intake semester||Semester begins||Applications open||Domestic applications close*||International applications close|
|Winter 2023||Jan. 9, 2023||March 30, 2022||Oct. 27, 2022||Now closed|
|Spring 2023||May 8, 2023||June 13, 2022||Feb. 24, 2023||Now closed|
|Summer 2023||July 4, 2023||Oct. 5, 2022||April 28, 2023||June 20, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Sept. 5, 2023||Oct. 5, 2022||June 28, 2023||May 23, 2023|
|Winter 2024||Jan. 8, 2024||March 29, 2023||Oct. 26, 2023||Sept. 28, 2023|
|Spring 2024||May 6, 2024||June 12, 2023||Feb. 23, 2024||Jan. 22, 2024|
*In some instances, domestic applications will be accepted after the application deadline. In that case, the program's intake status will remain open.
Completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- at least 50% in Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3, and,
- at least 50% in Grade 11 English, and,
- at least 50% in one Grade 11 Science
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
Direct entry: four-step process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
You must submit final transcripts/grades to show you have completed the courses and met the minimum admission requirements by the transcript deadline or your seat will be rescinded.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option). International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
Communication during admission
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the email@example.com domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
When do classes start?
Classes for this program adhere to the following year start and end dates based on the semester the student begins their program.
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year end date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022||April 28, 2023|
|Winter 2023||Jan. 9, 2023||Aug. 18, 2023|
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
Open Studies courses available
Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies.
Open Studies is a great way to explore a certain subject before diving into the full program. See what courses are offered by finding this program on the Open Studies courses tab.
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|HDMC-200||Mechanical Skills Theory||1.5|
|HDMC-204||Mechanical Skills Lab||1.5|
|HDMC-205||Braking Systems Theory||3.0|
|HDMC-206||Braking Systems Lab||3.0|
|HDMC-207||Electrical and Electronics Theory||1.5|
|HDMC-208||Electrical and Electronics Lab||1.5|
|HDMC-231||Suspension, Wheels and Systems Lab||1.5|
|HDMC-232||Suspension, Wheels and Systems Theory||1.5|
|WEPR-207||Oxygen-Acetylene Equipment Lab||1.5|
|Semester 1 total||19.5|
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|HDMC-240||Electrical Charging and Cranking Theory||3.0|
|HDMC-241||Electrical Charging and Cranking Lab||1.5|
|HDMC-255||Diesel Engine Theory||1.5|
|HDMC-257||Diesel Engine Laboratory||3.0|
|HDMC-258||Engine Tune-up Theory||3.0|
|HDMC-259||Engine Tune-Up Lab||3.0|
|Semester 2 total||18.0|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
The opportunity to advance your education by transferring in, within or on from SAIT is available.
Learn more about program and institution partnership agreements.
Domestic tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $175
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
International tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $513.17
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
*Maximum fee. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits a student takes per semester and whether they opt-out of health and dental benefits.
- Campus athletic and recreation fee: $196
- Universal transit pass (Upass): $320
- Student support fee: $200
- Student technology fee: $200
Student Association fee
- Maximum: $291
This is the maximum amount the student will pay. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits the students take per semester.
Health and dental fees
- Health plan: $127
- Dental plan: $135
Students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Please refer to Saitsa's website for information.
Books and supplies*
Books and supplies (including personal protection equipment) cost approximately $1,000.
The required tools will cost approximately $1,500 - $5,000 depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen.
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Program orientation for students beginning in Winter 2023 will take place on SAIT campus on Friday, Jan. 6. Look for ORNT 118 in your schedule in mySAIT for the time and exact location.*
You can also prepare by attending Big SAIT Welcome, online information sessions, international or Indigenous orientation, and completing the preparation courses below.
*If your orientation takes place on the first day of classes, you will not see a separate ORNT 118 in your schedule. Students registering in classes via open registration will need to enroll themselves in ORNT 118.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for Winter 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during orientation.
You'll require CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses as well as SAIT branded coveralls with an ID number on the pocket.
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.
Students taking a full-time course load, or more than nine (9) credits per semester, will be automatically enrolled in these courses.
They are optional for students taking a part-time course load (9 or fewer credits per semester). Part-time students can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need the Individual Learning Module package for the period of technical training you are registered for.
Find these modules on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.
Mike Steman, Academic Chair
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.