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Diesel Equipment Technician

Open for Fall 2022

Waitlisted for Winter 2022

Length: 1 year Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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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.

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Career opportunities

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 per year*

Year 1: $7,325

Year 1 (International): $20,062

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date  Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

50 years of heavy equipment training

In 1967, the first Diesel Mechanics program in Alberta started at SAIT. Today, we provide training to over 500 apprentices and full-time students every year.

Skills-oriented learning, industry-experienced instructors and providing our Diesel Equipment Technician students with real industry work experience make us a leader in heavy equipment training.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20, and, 
  • Grade 11 English, and,
  • One Grade 11 Science 
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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.

Step 3: Apply and submit your  transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.   

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Log in to  mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your  application status

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

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 transportation.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

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
HDMC-268 Hydraulics Theory 1.5
HDMC-269 Hydraulics Laboratory 1.5
WEPR-207 Oxygen-Acetylene Equipment Lab 1.5
Semester 1 total 19.5

  Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
COMM-209 Business Communications 1.5
HDMC-240 Electrical Charging, Cranking Theory 3.0
HDMC-241 Electrical Charging, Cranking Lab 1.5
HDMC-255 Diesel Engine Theory 1.5
HDMC-257 Diesel Engine Lab 3.0
HDMC-258 Engine Tune-up Theory 3.0
HDMC-259 Engine Tune-Up Lab 3.0
HDMC-266 Powertrain Lab 1.5
Semester 2 total 18.0
Program total 37.5


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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • NAIT

To learn more, visit transfer options.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,992 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,325

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $18,729 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,062

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

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 device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out 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.

Winter 2022


Your program orientation will take place Jan. 7 online. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about campus orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

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.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to 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.

Required textbooks

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.


Phone: 403.284.8471
Email: transportation.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Mike Steman, Academic Chair
Email:  mike.steman@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

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