Do you enjoy problem solving and working with your hands? Can you work in cramped or awkward positions for long periods of time? 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.

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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:

  • mining
  • forestry
  • construction
  • landscaping
  • agriculture
  • transportation
  • manufacturing

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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

At-a-Glance

Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers

Duration

4 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

Admissions

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.

Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.

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


Admission

You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.


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


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Delivery Formats

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

Apprenticeship

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.

Blended

This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

Hyflex

This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

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.

Courses

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Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training.


Courses include:
  • Hydraulics 1 and hydraulic brake systems
  • Air brakes
  • Engine fundamentals, service and repair
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Powertrain (specific to off-road)
  • Heavy duty charging and cranking systems

View the full course outline for the Heavy Equipment Technician.

New Apprentice Orientation Booklet  

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$784.00
$141.25
$399.35
Year 2
$784.00
$141.25
$143.00
Year 3
$784.00
$141.25
$142.30
Year 4
$784.00
$141.25
$123.10
Notes

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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