Apprenticeship

Outdoor Power 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.

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, golf carts, chain saws, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard motors, 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.

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

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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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Funding for students in this program

The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

View the technical equipment requirements (PDF)

Period 1

  • Tuition: $630.00
  • Books & Supplies: $170.00
  • NAITSA: $52.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 2

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $175.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $165.00
  • 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.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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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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