Pre-Apprenticeship Heavy Equipment Technician

This 4-week program offers the essential safety certification, hands-on skills, and workplace awareness to begin an apprenticeship as a heavy equipment technician.


Program Length
4 weeks
Currently Offered In
  • Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray


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. 

The Pre-Apprenticeship Heavy Equipment Technician program is a four-week training program designed to prepare women to begin their careers as a Heavy Equipment Technician (HET).

Classroom training consists of completion of required safety tickets, hands-on training and WBF best practices to prepare the student to begin employment. 

Courses and Skills

  • Standard First Aid – CPR A & AED 
  • CSTS 2020 & WHMIS  
  • Overhead Crane & Hoisting 
  • Common Safety Orientation (CSO) 
  • WBF Best Practices  
  • Healthy Choices 
  • Financial Tool Kit 
  • Hands-on skills training 
  • Math Review 
  • Career Development  

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of fitness screening (50lb lift/carry) and drug & alcohol assessment  
  • Full class 5 driver’s licence (no GDL) 
  • Clean criminal record check (recommended) 
  • Academic requirements to expedite movement into Apprenticeship role:  
  • English 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10
    a pass mark in all five Canadian GED tests
    successful pass of the Alberta AIT exam 

Applicants will also need to complete a variety of steps as part of their application.  

Learn more about our application process here > 


Program Cost

  • Tuition and supplies for this program are funded by WBF partners.
  • Additional funding and awards may be available to support living expenses while in the program.  

Employment Opportunities

Students will be interviewed before training begins by program Employment Partners for employment opportunities as a 1st year apprentice HET.

Upcoming Cohorts

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Readiness workshops

Our free online and in-person workshops help you explore and prepare for a career in the skilled trades, transportation or related fields.

Learn more and register for a workshop