Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program and Structure

March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 information for apprentices 

The March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training are cancelled.

Advanced Education has been working with eleven post-secondary institutions who deliver classroom learning to determine the best course of action that will help protect the health of apprentices, instructors and staff.

Apprentices who started classroom instruction on or after March 2, 2020 should discuss tuition options with their institutions. Priority will be given to affected apprentices seeking to re-register for classes in the 2020/21 academic year. Details to follow.

Apprentices who started technical training before March 2, 2020 will be contacted and advised by their institution about next steps for distance learning options, assessments and completion. Apprentices who complete the program and are in good academic standing will not be required to challenge the provincial theory or practical examinations.

For more information please visit the provinces trades website. You can also contact the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823 if you need information or wish to discuss your 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

 Fees (Year 1 to 3) - 8 Week Session
Fees (Year 1 to 3) - 8 week session  Domestic Students
Tuition $840.00
Health & Dental Fee n/a
Wellness & Athletic $17.60
Student Association Building Fee $8.96
Student Association Fee $52.08
Technology Fee $67.00
Materials $72.00
Total Fees & Tuition ***$988.08

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. 

For more information view the 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.

Course outline for all years

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 heavy equipment technician 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%).