Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The outdoor power equipment technician apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and 6 to 8 weeks of technical training each year.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period is common to both streams and technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in shop practice and theory, electrical theory, fuel systems, bearings, seals and basic drive systems and engines.
The second period is common to both streams and technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in wheels, brakes and basic hydraulics, welding, spark ignition systems, electronic fuel injection, charging systems, starting systems, cooling systems and power unit troubleshooting.
The third period is specialized for either the power equipment or the recreational equipment stream.
- Power equipment technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in power equipment systems and powered equipment.
- Recreational equipment technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in recreational equipment fuel systems, transmissions and engine overhauls, marine recreational equipment and off-road recreational equipment.