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Diesel Equipment Technician

Closed for Fall 2020

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,065
Year 1 (International): $19,752

Year 1: $6,823
Year 1 (International): $19,973

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


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until March 31, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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 apprentice and full-time students every year. Skills-oriented learning, industry-experienced instructors and providing our Diesel Equipment Technician students with real industry work experience makes us a leader in heavy equipment training.

Program Details

Program description

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 work force 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.

Your career

This program will prepare you for a mechanical repair career in light and heavy construction, oil field support, forestry, mining, marine, on-highway transportation trucks, public utilities, gas compression, agriculture or any other industry that relies on heavy equipment or diesel engines. Career progression may include shop foreman, service manager, manufacturer district service representative, technical training instructor, factory quality control inspector, regional service manager or fleet maintenance manager.

  • Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Technician program have a high employment rate

Student success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT's programs.
  • Students who have taken automotive mechanics in high school experience greater success in the Diesel Equipment Technician program.

Credentials and accreditation 

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.

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.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until March 31, 2020.

Admission requirements

A minimum of 70 Alberta High School credits (Grade 11) with 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
  • Grade 11 English
  • 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

View additional Diesel Equipment Technician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Semester 1

Course codeCourse nameCredit
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/Electronics Theory 1.5
WEPR-207 Oxygen-Acetylene Equipment Lab 1.5
HDMC-268 Hydraulics Theory 1.5
HDMC-269 Hydraulics Lab 1.5
HDMC-231 Suspension, Wheels and Systems Lab 1.5
HDMC-208 Electrical/Electronics Lab 1.5
HDMC-232 Suspension, Wheels and Systems Theory 1.5
Semester 1 total 19.5


Semester 2

Course codeCourse nameCredit
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.


Tuition and fees per year*

2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,092 $462 $288 $235 $6,077

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $18,543 $462 $288 $460 $19,752

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,601 $682 $288 $252 $6,823

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $18,543 $682 $288 $460 $19,973

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • 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.

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


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