Heavy Equipment Technician

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

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Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship

Student works on heavy equipment

What can you expect from our program?

This program allows you to work with both on and off road equipment, from heavy transport haulers to excavators. Heavy Equipment Technicians repair and overhaul engines, mechanical & power shift transmissions, hydraulics, and basic electrical systems on the largest and most powerful equipment.

The term of apprenticeship for a heavy 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 – Heavy Equipment Technician:

Program Page Course Outlines

What will you learn

Off-road heavy equipment technicians take training to Period 3. On-road heavy equipment technicians take training to Period 4.

First Period Training Topics include: standard workplace safety, materials, and tools; oxy-acetylene heating and cutting; suspensions, wheel, and systems for trucks and trailers; hydraulics and hydraulic brake systems; electrical systems and electronics; and air brakes.

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

Fourth Period On-road Training Topics include: on-road powertrains; steering and antilock brake systems; air conditioning; and vehicle electrical diagnosis and failure analysis.

The term of apprenticeship for a heavy 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 a compulsory 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 at a glance

Credential: Apprenticeship

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

Method of Delivery: Olds Campus

Technical Training Intakes:

  • Period 1: August 30, 2021 and March 7, 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.

Applications Open:

  • 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.

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.

Enrolment Information

For More Information

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
✉ apprentice@oldscollege.ca

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.



Admitted Students

Admitted Student 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 portal.office.com
  • 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