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Apprenticeship

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

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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.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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.

You want to be an outdoor power equipment technician. You want to learn how to repair, service and maintain small gasoline- and diesel-powered equipment, such as generators, mowers, aerators, golf carts, chain saws, snowmobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard motors, jet drives and personal watercraft.

But you need to learn more, like how to use test devices to diagnose and isolate mechanical faults, or how to inspect electrical system parts using hand tools and specialized equipment.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Technician program has 2 specializations – Power Equipment Technician or Recreational Equipment Technician – which you will choose between in the 3rd year of the program 

Here are some of the other subjects covered in the Outdoor Power Equipment Technician apprenticeship at NAIT:

  • reviewing and interpreting work orders and technical manuals
  • inspecting and testing engine, motors and mechanical components using test devices to diagnose and isolate faults

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you like working with your hands doing precise work and problem solving, then you will enjoy working as an outdoor power equipment technician.

Outdoor power equipment technicians – whether you choose the power equipment or recreational equipment specialization in your 3rd year (see below) – work mostly indoors in shops or fully equipped service centres. Some technicians may work outdoors or need to travel to make service calls. Some recreational equipment technician employment may be seasonal, depending on the recreational equipment.

Training at NAIT

The Outdoor Power Equipment Technician apprenticeship term is:

  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum 1000 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 6-8 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As an outdoor power equipment technician – for both the power equipment and recreational equipment specialization – you will be employed in both the private and public sectors in different industries that use specialized equipment. Some employers include equipment distributors, retailers, rental companies, construction companies, landscaping maintenance and builders, golf courses, parks and recreation, forestry companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Experienced journeyperson technicians can advance to supervisor or service manager positions, or you can become self-employed or start your own business.

Resources

Have questions? We've got answers

For more information about the Outdoor Power Equipment Technician program at NAIT

Bryce Nelson, Program Chair
Email: brycen@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.7271
Fax: 780.378.7205



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Scholarships & Awards

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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.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

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.

Period 2

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.

Period 3

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.

Period 3

The third period is specialized for either the power equipment or the recreational equipment stream.

  • 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.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $290.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $117.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $178.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $275.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • 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

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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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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