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Apprenticeship / Trades

Heavy Equipment Technician

Heavy equipment technicians maintain, repair and overhaul heavy vehicles and industrial heavy equipment, and commercial transport devices connected to or moved by a power unit.

In Alberta, this trade includes multiple branches: heavy equipment technician, heavy duty equipment mechanic (off-road), transport trailer mechanic, and truck and transport mechanic. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.


Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (


Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Heavy Equipment Technician Trade Regulation [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to maintain, repair or overhaul towed or self-propelled heavy vehicles, industrial heavy equipment or commercial transport devices connected to or moved by a power unit.

What You Need

Terms of apprenticeship vary for each branch of the trade, ranging from 2 to 4 years (12 month periods). Each year includes a minimum number of hours of on-the-job training (1,500 to 1,800 hours) and includes 8 weeks of technical training. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Heavy equipment technicians from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

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