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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C+ in the course(s) or program

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If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

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You want to operate and fix heavy equipment? 

The Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology diploma program with teach you how to diagnose and repair machinery in the heavy equipment industry competently and safely. The program focuses on highway and off-highway mobile equipment, as well as engine-powered stationary equipment used in mining, logging, trucking, agriculture, gas processing, oilfield servicing and construction.

Industries including mining, logging, trucking, agriculture, transportation, gas processing, oilfield servicing and construction are all in-demand for heavy equipment service personnel with an advanced level of technical training to tackle the challenge of advancing technology. 

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology is a two-year diploma program consisting of four 15-week semesters. Studies include

  • fluid mechanics
  • petroleum chemistry
  • fuel and hydraulic systems
  • electricity and electronics
  • fleet maintenance
  • communications
  • leadership

The training is divided equally into theoretical and practical learning. Local industrial field trips will be taken.

Train at NAIT

Students can expect to spend, on average

  • 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 10 to 12 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

Training is provided at NAIT Main Campus in Edmonton. Some training is also delivered in the NAIT HET Building (11940 - 109 st NW), just north of Main Campus. Labs are fully equipped with mock-ups and training aids, which students disassemble, inspect and reassemble.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Graduates will generally apprentice as heavy equipment technicians. Occasionally, they may apprentice as automotive technicians or millwrights, or enter larger firms, planning preventive maintenance programs.

During the four semesters of Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program training, graduates will apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to challenge period exams for the Heavy Equipment apprenticeship program. Those who become indentured apprentices may be granted credit toward any of the possible heavy equipment technician specialties with type and amount of credit determined by their employer.

Graduates may also choose to work in sales or purchasing, which involves the technical specifications for equipment. Entering into a business situation is made easier by the technical and management background provided in this program.

 

 

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Sheldon Jacob Boyden, Program Chair
Email: sheldonb@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.7482
Fax: 780.471.8470

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Sheldon Jacob Boyden, Program Chair
Email: sheldonb@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.7482

 



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Term 1

ENGL1154Effective Communications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides IHET Year 1 students with the fundamentals of effective English and communications skills. The course concentrates on research, written, and verbal/nonverbal communications strategies in order to succeed in industry-related organizations.

IHET1102Frames and Suspensions
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-requisite:IHET1104, IHET1106, IHET1110, IHET1135. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge first period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide an understanding of the basic design, operation, and service of common truck/tractor and trailer frames, suspension system, and the components that are affiliated with them.

IHET1104Electrical and Electronics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-Requisite: IHET1110.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn the basic concepts of DC electrical/electronic circuits used on both on-road and off-road equipment today. Theory and practical testing will provide experience in basic troubleshooting and the repair of electrical circuits.

IHET1106Air Brakes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-Requisites: IHET 1102, IHET 1104, IHET 1110, IHET 1135.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn the concepts and repair of the truck/tractor and trailer air brake systems. The course will focus on the safety features of the air brake systems.

IHET1110Safety and Professionalism
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-Requisite: ENGL1154.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the opportunity to develop safe work habits for both work and personal life. Students will be introduced to the safety regulations and professional practices required by industry and the work environment. An emphasis will be placed on the knowledge and skills required to work safely with the equipment and tools found in the workplace.

IHET1135Hydraulic Fundamentals and Hydraulic Brakes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-Requisite: IHET1106.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will study hydraulic fundamentals including the service and repair of basic hydraulic systems and hydraulic braking systems.

Term 2

CHEM1242Petroleum Chemistry
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Prerequisite: IHET1110. Co-requisite: IHET1201.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the mining, extraction and refining of crude oil to produce fuels, lubricants and greases and the evaluation of the performance of these crude oil products using standardized laboratory testing methods.

ELEC1243AC Electricity I
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the second period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies basic electrical equations, the safe connection and testing of alternating current circuits and three phase circuits.

IHET1201Engine Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-Requisite: IHET1202.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide an understanding of diesel engine operation, design, construction, and overhaul procedures with an emphasis on component inspection.

IHET1202Engine Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-Requisites: IHET1201, IHET 1205, IHET1234.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn the basic operation of the additional systems affiliated with the engine. The theory and servicing of the air intake, exhaust, lubrication, and cooling systems will be discussed.

IHET1205Starting and Charging
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the second period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals required to troubleshoot and repair cranking and charging systems on both 12 and 24-volt systems.

IHET1234Fuel Injection
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the second period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals and servicing of selected mechanical and electronic fuel systems used on diesel engines. The course will also cover fuel storage, and the transferring and filtering of diesel fuel.

Term 3

ELEC2343AC Electricity II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ELEC1243. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the second period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is an extension of ELEC 1243 studying three phase synchronous machines, induction motors, control circuits and electronic components.

ENGL2354Effective Communications II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Prerequisite: ENGL1154. Co-requisite: IHET2301.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the preparation and presentation of longer documents and reports using researchand communication skills appropriate for the industry environment.

IHET2301Hydraulics II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the third period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course applies the principles from IHET1135 to advanced hydraulic systems. Course content includes the study of advanced designs of hydraulic components and controls. Testing of systems and components will provide students with a realistic working and learning environment.

IHET2302Off-Road Steering, Suspension and Tracks
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the third period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a study of the service, repair and diagnosis of off-road equipment including: steering systems, suspension systems, drive axle assemblies, undercarriage components, accessories & attachments and associated electrical circuits.

IHET2303Off-Road Power Train
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the third period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the service, diagnostics, and repair of torque converters, powershift and automatic transmissions, and common clutches used in off-road equipment.

Term 4

IHET2401On-Road Power Train
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the fourth period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the operation, service, repair and diagnosis of common on road clutch types, drivelines and drive axles.

IHET2411On-Road Transmissions
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the fourth period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the service, diagnostics, and repair of on-road transmissions, transfer cases, and auxiliary drives.

IHET2424Steering and ABS
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the fourth period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the operation, service, repair and diagnosis of truck steering systems, anti lock brake systems and automatic traction control systems.

IHET2425Leadership and Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the fourth period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students will analyze the steps required to open a small business and apply skills and abilities necessary for good leadership and management.

IHET2435Air Conditioning and Electrical
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. A mark of 65% in each course is required to challenge the fourth period apprenticeship exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the operation, service, repair and diagnosis of air conditioning systems and truck electrical circuits. Included is the study of predictive maintenance procedures utilizing failure and fluid analysis.

MATE2482Properties of Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program. Co-requisite: IHET2425.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course studies the mechanical properties, stresses, forms of corrosion, failure mechanics and thermal expansions of materials.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $925
Tuition Cap: $8,653

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $400
Level 1 Term 2: $400
Level 2 Term 1: $400
Level 2 Term 2: $400


The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2020

Term Start Date: Jan 06, 2020

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: OP

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

CEDA Al Redhead Memorial Bursary $1,200.00
  • Award Amount: $1,200.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students entering the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement upon entrance into the program, as well as demonstrated financial need. Priority may be given to children or spouses of CEDA employees. Bursary recipients may be offered summer employment with CEDA.

Enbridge Northern Student Entrance Award $3,000.00
  • Award Amount: $3,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students from North Eastern Alberta, Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut. Awarded to applicants who demonstrate financial need and who have been accepted into a program related to the energy sector. Preference will be given to students of indigenous ancestry who are able to speak their cultural language, and whose intent is to return to and work in the North.

Finning/Caterpillar Award - Fall $1,100.00
  • Award Amount: $1,100.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a second year student of the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the first year of study, and to a student who is well-rounded, exhibiting such qualities as leadership, team involvement, and a willingness to assist their fellow students. Community involvement and volunteer work may also be a consideration.

Industrial Heavy Equipment Student Award - Year 1 $1,500.00
  • Award Amount: $1,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to first year Industrial Heavy Equipment students. Awarded on the basis of financial need, attendance, academic achievement and class leadership.

Industrial Heavy Equipment Student Award - Year 2 $1,500.00
  • Award Amount: $1,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year Industrial Heavy Equipment students. Awarded on the basis of financial need, attendance, academic achievement and class leadership.

Miller Motors (The Patriquin) Fund Award - IHE $5,000.00
  • Award Amount: $5,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a student in the second semester of the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology Program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the first semester and financial need. Each application must be accompanied by a one page letter outlining career goals; in what area of the Heavy Equipment industry the applicant hopes to be involved in upon completion of his/her program; and how the funds will assist the applicant to achieve that goal.

Miller Motors (The Patriquin) Fund Entrance Award - IHE $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students entering the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to enter the program and financial need.

Suncor Energy Emerging Leaders Awards $2,500.00
  • Award Amount: $2,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students entering the first year of Chemical Engineering Technology, Chemical Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Materials Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Petroleum Engineering Technology, or Power Engineering Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in High School or upgrading courses, demonstrated leadership skills, and contribution to the community. Preference may be given to students who have graduated from a High School that is at least 100 kilometers from a major metropolitan centre, and/or who are of aboriginal ancestry. The selected recipients will receive an additional $2,500 upon successfully entering year two. Scholarship recipients may be offered summer employment with Suncor Energy.

TransCanada - Aboriginal Entrance Awards Program $2,200.00
  • Award Amount: $2,200.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a student of Aboriginal ancestry who is entering into any full-time program at NAIT related to the oil & gas/power industry. Awarded on the basis of community of origin, community involvement, academic achievement in high school, evidence of planning a career path, as well as financial need.

Darryl Mayan Bursary $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
In his 64 years, Darryl Grant Mayan continually brought kindness and integrity to everything he did. He touched countless students' lives while instructing at NAIT for nearly 35 years. He challenged his students to stretch and grow. He gave feedback with such care that students walked away smiling no matter what the outcome. Darryl will be fondly remembered as NAIT's resident food critic in our dining rooms. It is hoped that his bursary will provide a struggling student with opportunity to pursue their dreams.Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology, or Network Engineering Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 75% in year one of their program. Preference will be given to single parents.

First Truck Edmonton Centre Inc. Bursary I $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement.

First Truck Edmonton Centre Inc. Scholarship I - Spring $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the program with a minimum 70% average.

Henry Federici Entrance Award for Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology Program $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to mature students out of high school 3 years or more and entering the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology Program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to enter the IHET program as well as financial need. The recipient must be an Alberta resident.

IOL Mobil Delvac Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician Scholarship - Spring $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second level of the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of top combined academic achievement in IHET 2301, Hydraulics and IHET 2425, Leadership and Management.

John Gagnon Memorial Scholarship $1,500.00
  • Award Amount: $1,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a second year student enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded to students displaying a positive commitment towards education and training as demonstrated by improved academics from the previous years of studies.

The Princess Auto Foundation Bursaries - IHET I $2,500.00
  • Award Amount: $2,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

The Princess Auto Foundation Bursaries - IHET II $2,500.00
  • Award Amount: $2,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Philip Chapman Memorial Scholarship I - Summer $1,500.00
  • Award Amount: $1,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the IHET1110 Safety and Professionalism course of the program.

KMC Mining Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology Scholarship $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

Heavy Metal Equipment & Rentals Heavy Equipment Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of financial need.

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