Do you enjoy problem solving and working with your hands? If so, the Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship might be right for you. Over four years, you’ll gain all the mechanic skills and abilities required to enter this dynamic career.

Mixing technical experience with on-the-job training, you’ll spend the majority of your time learning from a qualified heavy equipment technician on the job and the rest in specialized courses taught by experienced instructors. You’ll learn how to interpret work orders and technical manuals; maintain, diagnose, adjust, repair or replace equipment; and test repaired components for optimal performance.

The job prospects for heavy equipment technicians are strong now and into the future. Get started on the road to your career – apply for the apprenticeship program today!

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Career Opportunities

Once you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be able to start your career in industries that use heavy equipment such as:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Forestry
  • Landscaping
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Transportation

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41,000 square feet

in the Crooks School of Transportation facility

3 overhead cranes

for students to train on in the Crooks School of Transportation

4 ag and heavy equipment bays

make up part of your classroom


Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers


4 years

Dates and Deadlines

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades


This program is not available for International Students.

Academic requirements
  • Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or entrance exam.
  • English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30 or Chemistry 30 or Science 30 and related career and technology studies recommended.

Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.

To arrange a tour, call 403.320.3366 or toll-free 1.800.572.0103.

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB   T1J 4C7

Telephone: 1-800-248-4823
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Fax: 403-381-5795

Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!

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Delivery Formats

The Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship is delivered on campus with some blended and hyflex components.


Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training. You’ll work with an employer and our experienced instructors to gain the best of both worlds as you work and earn money while training.

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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Apprenticeship programs require eight weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training.

Courses include:
  • Air brakes
  • Air conditioning
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Electrical 1 and electronics 1
  • Electronic fuel management
  • Engine fundamentals, service and repair
  • Engine systems
  • Heavy duty charging and cranking systems
  • Hydraulics 1 and hydraulic brake systems
  • Hydraulics 2
  • Powertrain (specific to off-road)
  • Powertrain (specific to truck and transport)
  • Standard workplace safety, materials and tools
  • Steering and antilock brake systems
  • Steering and suspension systems and accessories (specific to off-road) and apprenticeship
  • Suspensions, wheels and systems
  • Vehicle electrical diagnosis, failure analysis and apprenticeship


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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
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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.

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