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Lethbridge College

City:  Lethbridge
Province/State:  Alberta
College WebSite: http://www.lethbridgecollege.ab.ca/
Mechanic Programs: Heavy Equipment • Agriculture Mech • Parts Technician

Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician Program Summary:

Turn your knack for maintenance and machinery into an exciting career. The Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician program will get you on the road to working with the steel giants that modern society uses every day. Our one-year certificate gives you the versatility to work in agricultural and/or heavy-duty diesel equipment repair. In small classes, you’ll learn about suspensions, power trains, steering, brakes, diesel engines, fuel systems, electrical systems and mobile hydraulics. Our state-of-the-art shop will equip you with all the latest tools and technologies, helping you lay out a solid foundation in this fast-paced industry.

Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician is right for you if you have:

mechanical ability and an interest in all types of machinery and engines, electronics and precision equipment

good vision, hearing and sense of smell to diagnose problems

the strength and stamina required to work with heavy equipment and work in cramped or awkward positions

the ability to work alone or as part of a team

the ability to think logically and keep up to date with changes in technology.


You’ll get a world of hands-on experience participating in a two-week practicum, where you’ll work one-on-one with qualified journeymen technicians at a real repair facility. But, your options don’t stop there: upon completion of the program, you will be able to write exams for the first two years of Agricultural Equipment Technician or the first two years of Heavy Equipment Technician. You will also be eligible to enter the Alberta Apprenticeship program. So, you’ll be working towards a career you enjoy in virtually no time at all. For a machine maniac like you, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Duration: 1 Year (32-week)

Starts In: September

Credential: Certificate in Agricultural and Heavy Equipment

Transfers: Olds College, Montana State University – Northern

Practical Experience: Awards 600 hours of experience credit.


Additional Features:

Prepares grads to write first- and second-year apprenticeship exams in Agricultural Equipment Technician and Heavy Equipment Technician.


Program Contact Details:

Program Contact: Carol Erais

Phone: 403.320.3411


Chair: Sheldon Anderson

Phone: 403.394.7348 or 403.320.3202 Ext. 5319

Office of the Dean: 403.320.3318


Heavy Equipment and Parts Technician Apprenticeship Program Summary:

Are you looking for a high-paying job, without going into a mountain of debt? If so, one of the trades in our apprenticeship training program may be right for you. With a mixture of on-the-job work and technical experience, you’ll be on your way. You’ll spend about 80 percent of your time learning from a qualified tradesperson and the rest in specialized courses. Along with using the latest equipment, you’ll be learning from the best. Our instructors have been named the best in the field for southern Alberta by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board for the last four years.


heavy equipment technician –  (four years)
parts technician – (three years)

To begin your journey into the world of apprenticeships, you need to be working in your chosen field, and you need to find an employer who will sponsor you. Both you and your employer will then sign a Contract of Apprenticeship so you’ll be able to work and earn money while making your way to a rewarding career.

Apprenticeship programs require 8 to 12 weeks of classroom training each year, in addition to on-the-job training. The Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS) format allows apprentices to take classes once a week during the term of their apprenticeship. At Lethbridge College, the Cook and Parts Technician apprenticeships follow the WATS format.

Program Contact Details:

For a tour, please call:

• 1-800-572-0103 ext. 3322


To register:

Phone:  403-320-3323

Fax: 403-317-3503

Toll free: 1-800-572-0103


Contact:  Cal Whitehead, Chair, Construction Trades

Phone:  403-320-3366

Contact: Sheldon Anderson, Chair, Crooks School of Transportation

Phone: 403-394-7348


Lethbridge College’s mission and vision are grounded in workforce development. This primary purpose is accomplished through a focus that combines the highest quality career training with strong partnerships in the community.

Lethbridge College was established in 1957 as Canada’s first public funded community college and we’ve been helping people find and develop great careers ever since. From approximately 25 students in 1957 to more than 7,000 in 2005, the College has grown into a regional educational and economic force.

Lethbridge College is committed to learners and learning. The College demonstrates its commitment to learners through its vast array of support services and its awareness of stakeholder needs. It has an excellent reputation for aligning itself with industry, the community, and government. Our programs have industry based advisory committees and regular curriculum reviews to ensure relevancy for workforce development.

The College offers training in almost 50 diverse career areas. We offer one year certificate, two year diploma, apprenticeship, pre-employment, and applied degree programs, and many with options for alternative delivery like online and short term courses.


Areas of Expertise

Lethbridge College provides a high quality, innovative learning environment, which prepares learners for success in the workforce.