Olds College of Agriculture & Technology

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Heavy Equipment Technician

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology

Faculty:School of Trades & Skills
Degree:Certificate; Apprenticeship
Field of Study:Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $1,015

Total cost per year including tuition, fees, books, and supplies: $1014.84
The costs listed are per Technical Training Period. This apprenticeship program requires 4 Technical Training Periods to be completed.

Careers:Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic TradesHeavy-Duty Equipment MechanicsCrane Operators


Prepare for a career in the in-demand heavy equipment industry with the Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship program. Work with both on and off road equipment, from heavy transport haulers to excavators — Heavy Equipment Technicians repair and overhaul engines, mechanical and power shift transmissions, hydraulics and basic electrical systems on the largest and most powerful equipment.

This four year program consists of eight weeks each year of technical training, and a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training. Learn about engine and electrical fundamentals and systems for trucks and trailers and more from licensed Journeyperson faculty and industry experts. In this program you can choose to specialize in Off-Road or On-Road Heavy Equipment.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    You will need to meet eligibility and entrance requirements specific to your trade.
    Complete an online apprenticeship application through MyTradesecrets (MTS) online service.
    Find a Sponsor and Employer to earn on-the-job training hours.
    You can register as an apprentice and attend classroom instruction without having a sponsor or employer. However, to earn on-the-job hours toward your apprenticeship, you must have a sponsor and an employer (which may be the same company). You are encouraged to find a sponsor as soon as possible so you can learn from a qualified mentor and practice your skills. Most apprentices come to classroom instruction with on-the-job experience, so without this, you may find the classes challenging.
    Full payment of tuition and fees is required upon registration.
    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]

    * 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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