Olds College of Agriculture & Technology

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Pre-Employment Heavy Equipment Technician

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology

Faculty:School of Trades & Skills
Degree:Certificate; Apprenticeship
Field of Study:Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
Length:12 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,877
International: $19,117

Total cost per year including tuition, fees, books, and supplies: $20,147.70
Please note that there is a Apprenticeship and Industry Training fee to write the exam in addition to tuition, books and supplies.



Introducing maintenance of a wide variety of equipment including trucks and trailers, off-road, and earthmoving equipment, this program will set you up for entry level positions in the heavy equipment industry. You will learn basic diagnostics, repair, and maintenance of heavy equipment, workplace safety, and gain an understanding of suspensions, wheels, hydraulics, and electrical systems.

With our experienced industry trained instructors, you will receive an education placing you at the forefront of the technical curve with discipline specific labs and extensive tool room. This program is the equivalent to the technical training of first year apprenticeship.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Completion of Grade 11. Please refer to the Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training Board Trade Entrance Requirements.
    Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement

    Test Scores:
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550]
    Application Notes : Minimum of 18 years of age upon completion of the program.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

      Alternate Admission Option: Alternate Admission status may be offered to applicants who have not or will not complete one of the academic admission requirements. Please see the website for details.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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