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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: If you enjoy maintaining and repairing equipment, you can't get much bigger than the heavy equipment and off-road industry! Heavy Equipment Technicians typically repair and overhaul engines, mechanical and powershift transmissions, hydraulics, and basic electrical systems on mobile and stationary equipment. This 12 week program will introduce you to the maintenance of a wide variety of equipment including trucks and trailers, off-road, and earthmoving equipment.

 

Upon successful completion of the pre-employment program, students who meet the apprenticeship requirements for the trade (see www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca) are eligible to write the first period apprenticeship exam. (There is a fee, payable to Apprenticeship and Industry Training, to write the exam. This fee is in addition to tuition, books and supplies.) CSA approved personal protective equipment is required to complete the practical portion of this program. You may be required to purchase other tools and equipment for your chosen trade.

 

If you’re interested in reading more about the Heavy Equipment Technician trade, visit this Trade Secrets link.

 

Check out this video about the program! School of Trades

 

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CREDENTIAL: Pre-Employment (plus eligibility to write First Period apprenticeship exam)

 

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: Twelve (12) Weeks

 

METHOD OF DELIVERY: On Campus Delivery

 

PROGRAM INTAKES:

  • Fall Intake – September program start [September 25 – December 15, 2017]
  • Winter Intake – February program start [February 26 – May 18, 2018]

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN:

  • Fall Intake: October 1 of the Year Prior to Start
  • Winter Intake: February 1 of the Year Prior to Start

 

SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)
  • 18 years of age or older upon completion of the program.
  • Completion of Grade 11.
  • Please refer to tradesecrets.alberta.ca

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at oldscollege.ca/apply
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)

 

ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

 

ALTERNATE ADMISSION OPTION: Applicable

Admission requirements meet the minimum standards of the Alberta Apprenticeship Board. We will accept students under Alternate Admission, however, be aware that to become a registered apprentice, students will be required to meet the standards set by the Alberta Apprenticeship Board.

 

Alternate Admission status may apply to students who have not or will not complete one or more of the academic admission requirements. To apply under Alternate Admission Status, please provide the following:

  1. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
  • Introduce yourself
  • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
  • Elaborate on your career goals
  • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  1. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  2. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  3. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

 

OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Applications Now Open!

DIRECTED FIELD STUDY REQUIRED: Not Applicable

 

TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Welders are employed in a variety of industries including vessel or structural steel assembly, pipeline construction, commercial construction, industrial construction, steel fabrication and heavy equipment repair. Employment prospects for welders change with seasonal and economic climates.

 

Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $25 to $40 an hour plus benefits. Experienced welders may advance to positions such as welding inspector, welding foreman or supervisor, or plant supervisor. Some open their own repair shops, or work as portable rig welders who contract out their services.

Visit Career Coach to help you find the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

 

STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!

 

COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.

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

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

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