Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program and Structure

July 17, 2020 - Keyano Apprenticeship Technical Training Fall 2020

Keyano College is excited to resume Apprenticeship training this coming fall. To ensure a safe return to technical training, Keyano will be holding apprenticeship programs in a blended format to provide a safe and sustainable learning environment. The following information is to provide further information on Keyano’s work to resume apprenticeship technical training this academic year.

Program Delivery
Currently, the apprenticeship technical training at Keyano is planned to be offered in a blended model to allow for social distancing and so precautions are adhered to as advised by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 blended model of delivery will allow for apprentices to learn theory online and take part in shop/lab objectives in person, on Campus.  In an effort to reduce risk and ensure health and safety protocols, theory component of Keyano’s technical training programs have been transitioned to an online format. As we resume training, apprentices are only permitted to access campus as scheduled, to complete the lab/shop objectives of their technical training program.

The synchronous (real-time) online portions of the training will be scheduled and communicated to apprentices through their program orientation packages.

Additional Information

Please visit Trades Alberta website for additional funding information for Apprentices.

Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, AIT is only opening registration for fall for all technical training institutions in Alberta. 

For Bookstore inquiries and purchasing ILMs, please email the bookstore

Keyano will be announcing Winter 2021 program dates as soon as we are able.

Please refer back to this page for upcoming new and updates for Fall 2020. As well, please email the Office of the Registrar for additional inquiries.

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%).