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
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 at Keyano College and WBF best practices to prepare the student to begin employment. This competitive program has 12 seats available and will offer an opportunity for its students to engage in a ten-month employment placement to ensure the hours and experience for their 1st year of technical training as a heavy equipment technician.

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

  • Must be available to attend classes in person in Fort McMurray for the length of the program and complete a ten-month employment contract with a WBF employment partner. 
  • Successful completion of fitness screening (50lb lift/carry) and drug & alcohol assessment  
  • Class 5 driver’s licence (recommended) 
  • 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.
  • Any relocation costs incurred are the responsibility of the applicant. 
  • Additional funding and awards may be available to support living expenses while in the program.  

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be interviewed by WBF Employment Partners for potential employment opportunities as a 1st year apprentice HET or Mechanic Helper. 

Upcoming Cohorts

There are currently no Cohorts available for this Program.

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