Apprenticeship

Heavy Equipment Technician

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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Periods

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.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

The Heavy Equipment Technician program will train you to maintain, repair and overhaul heavy vehicles and industrial equipment, both towed and self-propelled. The heavy equipment industry is very diverse, and typically apprentices specialize in a certain field of repair. There are 4 streams to this apprenticeship program, each with at least 1 common period, leading to 1 or more journeyperson certifications: transport-trailer mechanic, truck and transport mechanic, heavy-duty equipment mechanic NAIT's Heavy Equipment Technician program provides technical instruction and hands-on training to prepare apprentices for all aspects of the trade, including maintenance and repair of internal combustion engines and components, both stationary and mobile tracked equipment (crawler tractors) ground engaging equipment and components (rippers, ditchers, backhoes, trenchers and similar equipment).

 

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

Heavy equipment technician work is most rewarding for those who enjoy achieving expertise with precise work, problem solving and working with their hands.

  • Heavy equipment technician: 4 year apprenticeship term. Apprentices complete periods 1-4, including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job. Apprentices may also choose from 3 other certifications.
  • Transport-trailer mechanic: 2 year apprenticeship term. Apprentices complete a common period 1, which includes a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training. Period 2 is the work experience portion, which consists of at least 1,500 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Truck and transport mechanic: 3 year apprenticeship term. Apprentices complete common periods 1, 2 and 4, including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
  • Heavy duty equipment mechanic (off road): 3 year apprenticeship term. Apprentices complete common periods 1 through 3, including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Heavy equipment technicians are employed by specialized repair shops and organizations that own or lease heavy equipment used in the construction, mining, forestry, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, agriculture and transportation industries.

Experienced technicians may advance to supervisor or service manager positions.

For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit

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General program information

Email: transportation@nait.ca



Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Period 1

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $250.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $215.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $215.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $195.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

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Scholarships & Awards

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

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Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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