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ThinkBIG Service Technician

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
The ThinkBIG (Heavy Equipment) Service Technician program is a unique partnership between our institution, Caterpillar Inc., and Finning Canada - Caterpillar's largest dealership worldwide. We are the only post-secondary institution in Canada to offer this globally recognized training program, which is custom-formulated to meet Alberta Apprenticeship examination requirements. Students gain highly technical knowledge and hands-on skills directly related to Cat® equipment. Finning Service Technicians put analytical troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to use in an active and physical work environment. Possible careers include employment with Finning Canada, heavy equipment industry, Alberta & Industry Training Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship completion, and Heavy Equipment Technician journeyperson certification.

Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program, you need all of the following:

  • High School Diploma (GED or Certificate of Achievement will not be accepted)
  • Successful interview with Finning and GPRC panel
  • Pass of Standardized Differential Aptitude testing
  • Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency (Landed Immigrant)
  • Completion of a resume and an HES Career Investigation Report
  • Pass of a Physical Demands Assessment as required by Finning Canada

Demand for this program is very high.

Preference may be given to those who:

  • have academic achievement beyond the stated prerequisites
  • are actively involved in activities related to this field
  • can supply references documenting their experience, involvement, or potential in this field

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $9,049.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,312.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments N/A Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 24, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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