Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship

We offer a four-year Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship program for those interested in becoming a tradesperson in various industries, such as repair shops and organizations that engage with heavy equipment, machinery and welding.

After graduating the program, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose, repair and maintain heavy equipment and machinery through the skills and knowledge of your program's training
  • Know the different working parts of diesel engines and other mobile industrial equipment
  • Use hand and power tools to perform repairs according to manufacturer's specifications
  • Read and understand work orders, prepare estimates and interpret technical manuals
  • Write service reports and keep service analysis records
  • Diagnose the causes of failures
  • Specialize in several areas of the trade, including fuel pumps and injectors, track equipment, engine overhaul, hydraulic controls, power shift transmissions and allied equipment
  • Be familiar with the work of related tradespersons, such as machinists and welders
  • Perform assigned tasks in accordance with industry quality and production standards

Career opportunities

As a heavy equipment technician, you will be ready for employment with specialized repair shops and organizations that own or lease heavy equipment used in industries such as:

  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Forestry
  • Material handling
  • Landscaping
  • Land clearing
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation

Experienced technicians may advance to supervisory roles and service manager positions.

Admission requirements

In order to register for the Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship program, you must be an eligible indentured apprentice.

Find out more about the Alberta Apprenticeship Entrance Requirements.

Tuition and fees

View this program's tuition and fees in our Keyano College Credit Calendar.

Program structure

The Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship program is a four-year program that includes a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.

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How apprenticeships work

An apprenticeship is a work experience based post-secondary education. As an apprentice, you will find a matching employer to help tutor you as you become a carpenter through an Apprenticeship Agreement.

Your time is divided by on-the-job training under a certified journeyperson (about 80%) and attending technical training courses at a training provider, such as Keyano College (about 20%).