guys working on tractor in our shop on campus

“I took this program at Olds College and was active as secretary and shop foreman of the Ag Mech Club. After graduating I moved to Calgary to begin work as a shop technician. I successfully completed my journeyman certificate and spent two and half years as a shop technician before moving into field service work. I accepted the position of lead hand back at the shop and the following year advanced to shop foreman. I have since started my own business.”

Jonas Alm, Graduate

 

 

Program Description

If you want to get your hands on the newest and largest industry equipment in service come to Olds College. This comprehensive program will give you a thorough understanding of engines, hydraulics, braking, electrical, starting, charging, fuel systems and more. You will spend the first year covering all fundamentals before specializing in your second year with either agricultural or heavy equipment.

Our classrooms are discipline specific (i.e. motor lab, machinery lab) with small student to instructor ratio and personal workbenches. With our experienced industry-trained instructors you will receive an education placing you at the forefront of the technical curve. Our extensive tool room exposes students to a wide range of tooling solutions for better problem solving. Our large workshops comfortably house industry equipment for overhaul projects.

The class atmosphere is filled with dedication but at the same time you will find yourself relaxed and informal. We have fun! The Steak Fry & Car Bash, volunteering with STARS and our very popular Shop Night are all Ag Mech club functions!

A Benefit For You!

Graduate your first year to receive a certificate or continue into the second year for a diploma. When you graduate with a certificate you can choose to write the apprenticeship exam for the first and second periods in either the Agricultural or Heavy Equipment programs. But here’s the big benefit, should you decide to stay for the second year and get your diploma either specializing in Agricultural or Heavy equipment you then have the option of writing apprenticeship exams for full technical accreditation towards your specific trade. You will also be well placed to attain Alberta Journeyman Status pending completion of job training hours specified by Alberta Industry Trade Board. Now that’s what we call fully loaded with options!

AND, our graduates are in demand by industry professionals.

Olds College also offers the Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship program for prospective students who are currently employed and wish to pursue journeyman status.

OFFERED AGAIN for Fall 2017- 2 DELIVERY METHODS

1. Traditional/ON CAMPUS 

  • Fall Semester Sept 5, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017
  • Winter Semester Jan 2, 2018 - April 20, 2018

2. Blended Delivery (ONLINE and ON CAMPUS LABS) 

You can now complete the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment first year certificate from the comfort of your home, coupled with a few visits on campus. While on campus you will receive important hands-on instruction in our labs.

The curriculum is exactly the same as the full-time on campus program. Students will complete a total of 10 courses throughout the year, five in the Fall semester and five in the Winter semester. Lab time is maximized!!

Program timeline: ON CAMPUS DATES ARE MANDATORY AND WILL NOT CHANGE.

ONLINE COURSE START DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  

ON CAMPUS LAB

AUGUST 21 -SEPTEMBER 1

ONLINE 

SEPTEMBER 5 -NOVEMBER 17

ON CAMPUS LAB

NOVEMBER 20 -DECEMBER 15

ONLINE 

JANUARY 2 - MARCH 30

ON CAMPUS LAB

APRIL 2 -  APRIL 27

MANDATORY ATTENDANCE

Sept 5 - Sept 8 

TEC 1000

MANDATORY ATTENDANCE

Jan 2 - Jan 12

TEC 1404

MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
Orientation

Sept 11 - Oct 2

TEC 1100

LABS for ALL courses that were taken on line.  

Jan 16 - Feb 2

TEC 1504

LABS for ALL courses that were taken on line.  
HANDS ON LABS 6hours/day

Oct 3 - Oct 20

TEC 1026

Intro to COM 1020

Feb 6 - Mar 2

TEC 1604

HANDS ON LABS 6hours/day

Oct 23 - Nov 3

TEC 1133

HANDS ON LABS 6hours/day

Mar 5 - Mar 30

TEC 1522

Nov 6 - Nov 17

WLD 1167

Jan 2 - Mar 30

COM 1020

  • August 21, 2017 – September 1, 2017 – On campus Introduction and Orientation (Mandatory Attendance)
  • September 5, 2017 – November 17, 2017 - Online studies.
  • November 20, 2017 – December 15, 2017 - On campus for lab requirements (Mandatory Attendance)
  • January 2, 2018 – March 30, 2018 – Online studies
  • April 2, 2018 – April 27, 2018 – On campus for final lab requirements (Mandatory Attendance)

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

Applications Now Open!


FAST FACTS!

Did you know that the Ag and Heavy Equipment Program gives students SUBSTANTIALLY MORE SHOP TIME??

Did you know that Ag and Heavy Equipment Programs are eligible for student loans and grants??

Did you know that Ag and Heavy Equipment Programs can be paid for with RESP's?

Did you know that at the end of your FIRST YEAR (Diploma) of Ag and Heavy Equipment Program you are eligible to write the 1st and 2nd year apprenticeship exams if your GPS is 2.3 or better? 

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Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.

Career Opportunities

  • Diagnostic and repair technician
  • Equipment maintenance and servicing
  • Construction companies
  • Heavy equipment repair facilities
  • Agricultural equipment dealerships
  • Parts, sales and distribution
  • Company service representative
  • Farm worker/equipment repair

Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

Career Coach: Agricultural & Heavy Equipment Program (Certificate/Diploma)

 

Cindy Orr
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 ext 7711
Email: corr@oldscollege.ca

Location: Bell e-Learning Centre, Room 966

Applications Now Open!


Enrolment Advisor

Jody Turnbull
Enrolment Advisor

Phone: 1 (403) 556-8247
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 ext 8247
Fax: 1 (403) 556-4711 
Email: trades@oldscollege.ca

Request an Information Package

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Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.