School of Skilled Trades

Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology

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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • 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

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

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

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Heavy Equipment program

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.

Heavy Equipment shop

Have questions?

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General program information

Email: HeavyEquipment@nait.ca

International Students

International students are eligible to enroll in the Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology (IHET) program and are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP). Please note, Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanents Residents of Canada.

Temporary visa holders (such as those participating on the PGWPP) do not meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the on-line apprenticeship registration system.

International Students

International applicants should please note the following:

  • Study Permit: Admission into this 2-year credit program may qualify you for a study permit.
  • Working in the Skilled Trades in Alberta: Graduates of this program may qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. However, study permit or work permit holders may not be eligible to indenture with Alberta Industry Training (AIT) upon completion of this program. Indenturing with AIT is a requirement to work as a technician in Alberta. Learn more about who can indenture.

International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT academic advisor – international focus to discuss options.



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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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