Agricultural Equipment Technician

Length of Program: 4 YearsProgram Intakes: Fall, Winter & Spring IntakesCareers


Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship

Applications Open: Spring

Length of Program: 8 Weeks

Program Status: Open

Combine a rural lifestyle with a technically challenging career working across all the latest agricultural machinery such as GPS precision farming. You will be prepared to repair and overhaul engines, mechanical and power shift transmissions, tractor hydraulic and electrical systems, tillage machinery, and spraying and harvesting equipment.

The four year program consists of eight weeks each year. Subject areas are listed below for each in-school technical training period which consists of four eight week training periods, coinciding with years of work related experience.

The term of apprenticeship for an agricultural equipment technician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) includes a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training (in-school) each year.

Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training – Agricultural Equipment Technician:

Program Page   Course Outlines

What will you learn?

  • First Period Training Topics include: standard workplace safety, materials, and tools; electric welding and oxy-acetylene cutting; basic electrical; basic hydraulics; agricultural equipment; and powertrains.

  • Second Period Training Topics include: engine fundamentals, service, and repair; engine systems; diesel fuel injection systems; electronics fuel management; and heavy duty charging and cranking systems.

  • Third Period Training Topics include: spraying equipment; air conditioning and heating systems; advanced powertrains and preventative maintenance; braking systems; and seeding and precision farming systems.

  • Fourth Period Training Topics include: advanced hydraulics; off-road steering and suspension systems and accessories; and off-road powertrains.

The term of apprenticeship for an agricultural equipment technician is 4 years (four 12-month periods); this includes a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training (in-school) each year. This is an optional certification trade.

There are equivalencies between the Agricultural Equipment Technician (AET) and Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) trades. AET Period 2 is equivalent to HET Period 2 and AET Period 4 is equipment to HET Period 3. Apprentices may choose to pursue their dual trade certification.

This is a Red Seal trade. Apprentices who have obtained Journeyperson certification are encouraged to write the national standard exam. The Red Seal, when affixed to a provincial or territorial trade certificate, indicates that a tradesperson has demonstrated the knowledge required for the national standard in that trade. The Red Seal endorsement promotes excellence to employers, instills pride in skilled workers, and facilitates labour mobility.

Program Details

Credential: Apprenticeship

Length of Program: Eight (8) weeks of technical training for each period

Method of Delivery: Olds Campus

Technical Training Intakes:

  • Period 1: October 25, 2021 and January 10, 2022
  • Period 2: October 25, 2021 and January 10, 2022
  • Period 3: October 25, 2021 and January 10, 2022
  • Period 4: October 25, 2021 and January 10, 2022

Program Dates: Please visit our Dates & Schedules page to confirm start and end dates of your desired program and confirm campus closures.

Technical Training Enrolment: 2021-22 Technical training online enrolment opens June 1, 2021 at 8:00 AM. Please visit your MyTradesecrets account to enrol in 2021-22 technical training.

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.

  • Tuition & Fees: $1,225 / Books & Supplies: $300

These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedulefor the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements

  • Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training - ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
  • Find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice (*please refer to MyTradesecrets for more details)

Application Procedure: Create/Access your MyTradesecrets (MTS) account and follow the Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training Application Procedure.

Apprenticeship Registration Information

Career Opportunities

Agricultural equipment technicians repair, overhaul and maintain agricultural equipment including tractors, tillage equipment, seeding equipment and harvesting equipment. Most agricultural equipment technicians are employed by retail agricultural equipment dealerships.

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ALIS Occupational Profiles

Admitted Students Information

Program Dates

Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration

You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A device capable of running Microsoft Office, preferably a laptop

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

Materials & Supplies:

The following items are required:

  • Safety glasses/goggles (preferably not tinted)
  • Two pair of coveralls (minimum)
  • CSA approved boots (steel toe)

You will be required to purchase "tool chips" at a cost of $50. These tool chips allow you to use specialized tools out of the tool room and also include the cost of shop towels, locker rentals and supplies that will be used in the lab classes. At the end of the year, $20 will be refunded if you return all of your tool chips.

Other Important Information:

  • Safety Regulations:Wearing safety equipment and abiding by industry safety standards is mandatory within our program.

  • Apprenticeship ILM:We use the Apprenticeship ILMs (Individual Learning Modules) as our reference material. These modules take the place of textbooks and are available at the Olds College Campus Store at 1.800.661.6537 or 403.556.4630. They are packaged by technical training period.

  • Employment Insurance:Information on applying for Employment Insurance benefits is provided in your MyTradesecrets account

Ready to apply?

Visit our Admissions page for more info or go to Apply Alberta to submit an online application!