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PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transport and Heavy Equipment Technology

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Transport and Heavy Equipment Technology

Prepare for a career in the field of transport and heavy equipment maintenance and repair with technical training in diagnosing, installing, maintaining, and repairing transport vehicles and off-road heavy equipment. This program will give you hands-on learning opportunities with training in the classroom, online and in a shop environment. You will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of modern equipment and diagnostic tools used to work on transport trucks and trailers, backhoes, excavators, dozers, farm equipment and other types of off-road equipment.

You will learn about mechanical, electrical and hydraulics systems, and more, through theory and lab training that aligns with the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training course outline for Heavy Equipment Technician. You will also learn about communication and business to prepare you for entry into the workforce as an apprentice and to advance your career into positions such as shop foreperson or service manager. You also have the option to complete a voluntary, work-integrated learning (WIL) component between your second and third semesters where you will have the opportunity to work in industry and become registered as an apprentice.
If you meet the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) grade requirements, you will be eligible to challenge the AIT Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) technical training exams. These exams are part of the AIT requirements for completing a HET apprenticeship. If you would like to complete your HET apprenticeship, you will need to become registered as an apprentice and complete the AIT on-the-job training requirements. 

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • This program is two years in length, with each academic year divided into two 15-week semesters, with an optional Cooperative Work Term after the second semester. 
  • Successful students will be eligible to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship Industry Training (AIT) Period technical training exams for the Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship.

Your Career

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in light and heavy construction, oil field support, forestry, mining, marine, transportation, public utilities, agriculture or any industry that relies on heavy equipment. Potential positions include:   

  • heavy equipment technician apprentice   
  • shop foreperson   
  • manufacturer district service representative   
  • factory quality control inspector
  • service manager   
  • regional service manager   
  • fleet maintenance manager  

Related careers include:   

  • ​​​​​​​technical training instructor   

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks and strong communication skills in English usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.  

Students who have taken automotive mechanics in high school as well as achieved higher grades in their previous schooling experience greater success in the Transport and Heavy Equipment Technology program. 

Students who experience success in this program and the profession: 

  • Are self-directed, detail-oriented, and well organized 
  • Possess strong communication skills in both written and spoken English 
  • Are customer-oriented 
  • Are able to work with diverse groups of people 
  • Have the ability to lift heavy objects 
  • Have good manual dexterity and stamina 
  • Are able to stand for long periods of time 
  • Have strong vision and hearing 


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Transport and Heavy Equipment Technology diploma. 
Most graduates continue their training and complete an apprenticeship that includes an Alberta Journeyman Certificate as a Heavy Equipment Technician and an Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal for this trade.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:  

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 OR 60% in Math 20-3 
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2  
  • One Grade 11 Science   


  • Students who have graduated from SAIT’s Diesel Equipment Technician (DET) certificate within the last five years may be given advanced standing into year two of the program, depending on seat availability. 
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.  

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don’t meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.
​​​​​​​SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you’ve applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.     

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate leadership in adhering to industry workplace safety standards.  
  2. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills and familiarity with trade terminology when interacting with internal and external stakeholders. 
  3. Exercise professional judgment when completing workorders, selecting tools and using troubleshooting techniques.
  4. Use current and emerging technologies, techniques, and materials to diagnose, install, and repair systems and components used in the transport and heavy equipment industry.   
  5. Operate shop equipment and power tools to safely diagnose, install, and repair transport and heavy equipment according to specifications.
  6. Exhibit an understanding of the fundamentals of operating a small business.  
  7. Perform assigned tasks in accordance with quality and production standards required by SAIT and industry.  

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