If you’re itching to work on farm equipment, commercial vehicles or heavy machinery, the one-year Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician certificate can get you into a mechanic position in a hurry. This one-year program equips you with the knowledge, experience and hours needed to start working right away and continue on to an apprenticeship.

In just two semesters, you’ll get training on everything you need to know to work on the steel giants of our modern society. Our well-equipped shop facilities have the latest in diagnostic technologies and tools. You’ll test your skills working on a wide range of on and off-road vehicles and farm equipment.

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Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, you'll be able to write exams for the first two years of Agricultural Equipment Technician or Heavy Equipment Technician. You'll also be eligible to enter the Alberta Apprenticeship program. No matter which road you take, you'll be ready to begin a career in many diverse fields, including:

  • Agricultural Equipment Service
  • Construction Equipment Service
  • Heavy Equipment Service
  • Journeyman Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Mining Equipment Service
  • Mobile Repair Service
  • Oilfield Equipment Service
  • Service Manager/Shop Foreman             
  • Trucking Equipment Service

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dynamometers (dynos for short) are used for measuring the power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover


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Dates and Deadlines

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Fall 2024


This program is available for International Students.

New students are accepted into the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program for the Fall (September) term with a late August program start date.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements

Applicants to this program do not require a high school diploma; however, they must satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 11 English
  • Grade 11 Math

The following courses or subjects are recommended for the best possible outcome in the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program:

  • Physics, Chemistry, and Science
  • Grade 12 Math and English
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded an Agricultural & Heavy Equipment Technician certificate. Graduates are able to write their first- and second-period apprenticeship prior learning assessment exams, as well as will be awarded 300 hours for each of those apprenticeship periods. 

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Delivery Formats

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
AHM-1124Suspension and Brakes6
AHM-1126Safety and Hand Skills3
AHM-1127Power Trains6
AHM-1129Farm and Industrial Equipment3
Term II
AHM-1130Electrical and Electronics6
AHM-1131Diesel Engines6
AHM-1132Diesel Fuel Systems6
AHM-1135Mobile Hydraulics3
 Total Credits39

Apprenticeship Pathway

Students who have successfully completed Lethbridge College's Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Certificate program can continue to obtain their Journeyman Certification by registering with Apprenticeship Alberta. For more information about Alberta's apprenticeship requirements, click here.

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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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