Ready to Build

Are you looking for a hands-on career? Keen to build or repair the moving parts we all need in our homes, vehicles and workspaces?

Your curiosity about how systems work, how parts fit together and how to solve problems will lead to a rewarding career in the trades. Our many apprenticeship and trades programs produce technicians and tradespeople who are in high demand for all kinds of work. Trades are the economic engine of our communities, provinces and country and they open the door to more career opportunities than you can imagine.

You’ll learn from highly skilled, experienced instructors, getting the classroom theory you need and the opportunity to put that learning into practice in the real world.

Career Paths

Students who have taken our trades and apprenticeship training have found success with the following opportunities:

  • Supervisor/ Journeyman
  • Welder / Carpenter / Plumber / Electrician
  • Estimator
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Commercial and Residential Construction
  • Pipeline Construction
  • Self-Employed Contractor
  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Steel Fabricator

Wondering if joining the skilled trades is right for you?

With Alberta’s population now topping four million residents, the demand for skilled trades people has never been greater. If you are good at building and repairing items of all shapes and sizes and want to help make the economy of the province and country run smoothly, then look to one of Lethbridge College’s apprenticeship and trades training programs.

 

Consider Apprenticeships and Trades if you:

  • excel at using your hands to fix and repair a variety of items and have great hand-eye coordination
  • enjoy figuring out how elements combine to form a whole
  • are energized by building and creating
  • find motivation in seeing your work enjoyed by others

Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeship programs involve eight to 12 weeks of classroom training per year. 

To enter one of Lethbridge College’s apprenticeship training programs: 

  1. Find the right trade for you.
  2. Apply online at tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca – start by creating a SIAMS Account. You will need your ASN – Alberta Student Number. 
  3. Once your application is approved, register for courses through mytradesecrets.gov.ab.ca. 

Pre-Employment Trades Training

The Pre-Employment Trades Training program is specifically designed to help you become an apprentice by preparing you to write the first-year apprenticeship theory and practical exams without the need to be currently employed in the trade.

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93%

of our graduates are employed within two years after completing their studies

1st

First post-secondary institution in Canada to sign an AGCO Advantage partnership agreement, meaning you’ll train on the latest industry-standard equipment

Take your mechanical skills to the next level with specialized courses and one-on-one instruction from qualified tradespeople. You’ll develop your confidence through a mix of on-the-job training, technical experience and theory.

Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship

• FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

Gain the skills required to work on equipment used in the agricultural industry such as tillage, seeding and harvesting equipment as well as tractors.

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Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician

• ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE  • SEPTEMBER ADMISSION

Build a successful career in agricultural and/or heavy-duty equipment repair. In 32 weeks – just two semesters – you’ll get foundational training that teaches you suspensions and powertrains, fuel systems, mobile hydraulics and everything in between.

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Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship

• FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

Learn to diagnose, repair and complete preventive maintenance on automotive vehicles and light trucks. Your training will give you the confidence to advise customers on work to be performed, general vehicle condition and repair requirements.

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Automotive Systems

• ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE  • SEPTEMBER ADMISSION

As a student in this program, you’ll diagnose and repair a wide range of vehicles. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be awarded experience credit and be prepared to write first- and second-year Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship exams.

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Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship

• FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

Heavy equipment technicians maintain, overhaul and repair heavy equipment such as highway transport vehicles, construction equipment and earth-moving equipment. After you’ve written the Red Seal exam, you’ll have the option to work in a variety of different industry fields.

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Parts Technician Apprenticeship

• THREE-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

Our program will make you the master of parts management in many industry areas, including farming, plumbing, electrical, automotive, heavy duty and more

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Carpenter Apprenticeship

• FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

Prepare for a wide variety of jobs, from major construction projects to smaller finishing projects on residential homes. You’ll also learn how to read blueprints, calculate and select materials for layout, cut and shape materials for joining, and inspect your work.

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Electrician Apprenticeship

• FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

Electricians work on maintaining, altering and repairing electrical systems that provide power, control, heat or light for numerous types of environments. You’ll use your skills for precision as you interpret mechanical drawings and electrical codes; splice, join and connect wires to form circuits; and test those circuits to ensure they’re safe.

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Plumber Apprenticeship

• FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

We’ll prepare you to work in new construction, roughing in and finishing installations; to specialize in renovations and repairs of existing plumbing; and even to install hydronic heating and chilled water systems.

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Welder Apprenticeship or Welder Wire Process Operator Apprenticeship

• THREE-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP 

As a welder, you’ll find yourself in demand in a variety of jobs as you learn how to join or sever metals into beams or other metal components and how to make metal pieces used for construction and other industries.

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Wind Turbine Technician

• ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE  • SEPTEMBER OR JANUARY ADMISSION

Experience a combination of theory and hands-on lab practice using actual wind turbine components. Safety training is provided using our own equipment and training tower, which is located on campus

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168,812 sq. ft.

Learn in our award-winning square foot Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility

 

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Welding Booths

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Hoists in the automotive lab