Take your interest in all types of machinery and engines and get on the road to working with the steel giants our modern society uses every day in the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician certificate program.
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- All of our services to students remain available virtually.
- See the minimum technology requirements required to participate in online elements of this program.
- Visit our Student Awards and Financial Aid page for information about COVID-related supports and Lethbridge College's own emergency funding for students.
If you’re itching to work on farm equipment, commercial vehicles or heavy machinery, the 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 or continue on to an apprenticeship. It’s the best of both worlds.
In 32 weeks – just two semesters – you’ll get training on everything you need to know to work on the steel giants of modern society, from suspensions and powertrains to fuel systems, mobile hydraulics and everything in between. You’ll even get a first-hand experience of what awaits after graduation during a two-week practicum in a repair facility, where you’ll work as a mechanic with qualified journeymen.
Our modern shop facilities have the latest in diagnostic technologies and tools. And, you’ll test your skills working on a wide range of on and off-road vehicles and farm equipment. Move ahead in industry today by obtaining a Lethbridge College certificate in the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program.
Ready to get on the road to success? Apply today!
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. But no matter which road you take, you’ll be ready to begin a career in many diverse fields such as:
- 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
For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.
A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.
Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.
Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.
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 admission requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.
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
- Grade 12 English
Students will require a basic set of hand tools. An electrical test meter (DVOM) will be required for the second term.
Prior learning assessment (PLA)
If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.
Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a certificate in Agricultural & Heavy Equipment Technician.
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 go to: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/
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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.
- Tuition for international students is $16,965. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.
Designed to help you land your first apprenticeship
At the end of this one-year program, you’ll be eligible to write both first- and second-year apprenticeship exams for either agricultural or heavy equipment technician.
Whether you’re wanting to go into agricultural or heavy equipment repair and don’t have the experience or simply can’t land that first apprenticeship job, our program is for you. It’s one of the only programs to offer both agricultural and heavy equipment technician training. And it’s designed specifically to make you more attractive to potential employers. At the end of this one-year program, you’ll be eligible to write both first- and second-year apprenticeship exams for either agricultural or heavy equipment technician. You’ll also receive 300 hours credit towards experience for your first-year apprenticeship and 300 towards your second year.
When you leave our program, you’ll have a better chance of landing that first apprenticeship job because:
- you’ll already be a first year apprentice
- you’ll have the skills and experience employers are looking for
- your employer won’t lose you to school until you complete the rest of your hours for both your first- and second-year apprenticeships
Give yourself a head start on becoming an apprenticeship in the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program.
Hands-on, immersive training
Graduate ready to work
Train on the newest industry equipment and technology.
Graduate ready to work
When you enter the workforce after our program, there’ll be no surprises. Multiple agreements with our industry partners mean that we have new equipment for our students to train on every year. In addition to this state-of-the-art equipment, we have all the scan tools, laptops and manufacturer-specific software that is needed to prepare you for the industry.
The AGCO Advantage: First in Canada
To ensure you receive the most relevant industry training possible, we remain on the leading edge of industry developments. We became the first post-secondary institution in Canada to sign an AGCO Advantage partnership agreement with AGCO Corporation and Hanlon Ag Centre Ltd. As a student in our Ag and Heavy Equipment certificate program or apprenticeships, you’ll:
- train on the latest industry-standard components
- learn from experienced instructors who have received factory training from AGCO
- be knowledgeable about the state-of-the-art technologies used on AGCO equipment
For AGCO dealers throughout southern Alberta and beyond, you’ll be a valuable asset already equipped with the skills and experience needed for the job when you graduate.
Investing in the workforce of tomorrow
A modern facility dedicated to training the next generation of service technicians.
Investing in the workforce of tomorrow
The Crooks School of Transportation resides within the first phase of the Technologies, Trades and Innovation Facility. This 41,317 square-foot building was made possible by Art and Mary Jane Crooks as well as the generosity and ongoing support of our industry partners. They have invested in the workforce of tomorrow – they have invested in you.
The Crooks School of Transportation features:
- 14 hoists in the automotive lab
- four agricultural and heavy equipment bays
- three dynamometers, or "dynos" for short (an engine dyno, a chassis dyno and a transmission dyno), which are devices used for measuring the power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover
- the Western Tractor Technology Lab, an advanced agricultural technology room supplied with industry-leading technology from Western Tractor
“As business people, we realize just how important the trades are,” said Art Crooks at the unveiling. “We know the ‘old gang’ is retiring and we need new people to take their place. The purely academic stream has been overemphasized and students are not always encouraged to enter a trade, yet they provide professional and rewarding careers in which skilled people can make a good living. When we moved here, we became much more aware of the work being done by Lethbridge College in trades education. We hope our gift helps keep students in Lethbridge and makes training at Lethbridge College as accessible as possible.”
Video games in college?
You bet! Simulation technology is changing the industry and your education.
Video games in college?
Video games as an educational tool might seem a bit bizarre at first, but simulation allows you to perfect a new skill and test systems before they’re even built. In our Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program or apprenticeships, you’ll use a hydraulic simulation program to virtually build hydraulic systems and test them before doing any of the work in real world.
Practicum or week-long interview?
Our Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program is one of the only programs of its kind to offer two one-week practicums. You’ll be placed in a shop and treated as an employee for an entire week. This experience also doubles as week-long interview – many of our students are offered jobs out of these practicums.
From here to there: alumni updates
Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.
Kevin lives in Taber and works for Rocky Mountain Equipment as a service manager.
– From Fall 2015 Wider Horizons
“After completing the agricultural mechanics diploma, I went into industry in the Lethbridge area. I acquired my Heavy Equipment Technician designation as well and began teaching both agriculture and heavy equipment at Olds College in 2006. I completed my Master’s degree in Leadership through Royal Roads University in 2012. In addition to teaching, I am also the program coordinator for the school of trades, farrier program, and trans-vocational program at Olds College. In reflection, it’s amazing where one can wind up it seems. I am always thankful for my time at Lethbridge College and enjoy keeping up with all the wonderful changes there.”
– From Winter 2015 Wider Horizons
G. David Fajnor
“I moved to Calgary in 2001 and I worked for Calgary Transit repairing buses and trains. I moved over to the Calgary Fire Department for the last four years and now repair the fire equipment.”
– From Fall 2010 Wider Horizons
Investing in the future of service technicians
Take a walk through one of the equipment bays in the Crooks School of Transportation. It could be your classroom.