Develop your skills in servicing, diagnosing and repairing agricultural, heavy duty and transport equipment. Gain practical skills with all types of engines, systems and safety regulations.

This nine-month certificate program gives you the training you need to service agricultural, heavy equipment and transport trucks. Learn the theory of diagnosing and repairing, then get in the shop and put that theory to work operating and fixing the machines.

You will be trained on diesel engines, power trains, and electrical systems, along with learning related shop skills, not to mention important shop and workplace safety. You will also explore the different types of systems that are responsible for electronic and computerized control, monitoring, diesel and gasoline fuel, air-conditioning, hydraulics, steering, suspension and advanced braking, plus equipment service and operation.

You can earn credit as an apprentice or put your skills to work immediately in an agricultural or heavy duty business. You will be ready to take on entry-level roles in industries like construction, agriculture, transport, mining, oil field and logging, with jobs available as technicians in the farm machinery, transport truck and construction equipment sectors.

If you register as an apprentice within two years of finishing the program you may receive credit for Level 1 of Agricultural Equipment Technician apprenticeship, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician apprenticeship, or Truck and Transport Mechanic apprenticeship.


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • Consumer/Essential Math 40S or equivalent.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Program Considerations

To be successful in this program and industry, it is important for you to be able to:

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including safety glasses and steel toe boots
  • Work outdoors in extreme warm and cold weather conditions (+30°C to -40°C)
  • Use ladders and work at varying heights
  • Be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Work as part of a team
  • Be punctual and attend class on a regular basis

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, please read our Helpful Information for International Applicants prior to applying to this program. 

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

Graduates find employment as technicians in the farm machinery, transport truck and construction equipment sectors.


Students who successfully complete the accredited certificate program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Agricultural Equipment Technician or Truck and Transport Mechanic apprenticeship program.


Tools & Supplies

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Investing in tools is extremely worthwhile as you will be able to use them after you graduate and begin your career. 

Students are advised not to purchase tools until the second week of school. The School of Trades hosts an annual Tool Fair where local tool dealers along with major brand tool supply companies set up displays and offer students great discounts.  The Tool Fair is a terrific way to compare a wide variety of tool features and brand names all within a few steps of one another.  

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

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Technology Requirements

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech  for more detailed information about the requirements for this program. 

Courses & Costs


Estimated Program Costs (Domestic students)
  Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
Heavy Equipment Technician 78 $4,300 $1,520 $520 $3,830

All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Estimated Program Costs (International students)
  Credits Tuition Course Fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Required Health Insurance Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies
Heavy Equipment Technician 78 $19,760 $1,520 $520 $750 $3,830

All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf.


To graduate with a Heavy Equipment Technician certificate, students must successfully complete 75 academic credits and 3 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.

Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
College Foundations (PEDV-0356)

This course improves students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.

0 credit(s) No No No
Communications (COMM-0045)

This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

3 credit(s) No No No
Electrical Science (ELEC-0001)

This course helps students to develop an understanding of basic electrical science. Students learn about various electrical laws including Ohm's law and are able to follow basic circuit diagrams and understand schematics used in the mechanical trade.

3 credit(s) No No No
Electrical Systems (ELEC-0036)

Electrical and electronic systems are used to operate and control many of the functions found on modern truck, heavy duty and
farm equipment. Technicians require a thorough understanding of the basics of electrical circuits, the principles of operation of
system components and of the inter-relationships between these components. In this course students develop the skills and
knowledge to safely service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components, including wiring harnesses, switches,
relays, solenoids, circuit breakers, fuses, lighting systems and batteries. Students also diagnose and troubleshoot starting and
charging systems to locate problems. Emphasis is on safety, accuracy and efficient troubleshooting to isolate faulty components
and failure analysis to avoid recurring failures.

15 credit(s) No No No
Engines (MECH-0146)

The diesel engine is the major power source for transportation, farming, construction, mining, stationary equipment and many
additional applications. This course acquaints students with the function, design, operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of
internal combustion engines and their components. Shop activities include identification of various diesel engine types, selecting
repair options, completing parts orders and performing basic engine service. Safe work practices, cleanliness, proper tool
selection and referral to service manuals is emphasized. Following manufacturer recommended procedures, students learn to
disassemble and reassemble various operational multi-cylinder diesel engines. Hands on activities include inspecting and
measuring components for wear and reusability and demonstrate proper reconditioning procedures for serviceable

9 credit(s) No No No
HVAC Systems (MECH-0127)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET
This course introduces students to the concepts of compression refrigeration used in mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to cool and dry cabin air, operator comfort and environmental considerations when servicing HVAC systems found in mobile equipment and heavy trucks. Students complete training for MOPIA certification as a component of the course.

3 credit(s) No No No
Hydraulics (MECH-0147)

Hydraulically actuated functions along with hydrostatic drives are the primary means of power transmission on modern heavyduty, agriculture and transport equipment. In this course students learn the principles of operation of various mobile hydraulic
and powertrain drive systems along with techniques used to safely keep them running properly. Practical training focuses on
safely servicing, diagnosing and repairing mobile hydraulic and powertrain drive systems and components.

9 credit(s) No No No
Industry Encounter (BUSN-0154)

This course involves students spending time in an industry setting where multiple departments are involved in the successful operation of the business. This unique experience is used to enhance knowledge of how service, parts and sales departments within a dealership are interconnected.

3 credit(s) No No No
Math - HETCH (MATH-0113)

This course provides students with a review of foundational math concepts and operations in the context of the heavy
equipment trade. Content includes fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, Metric and Imperial systems of measurement as well
as geometric formulas.

3 credit(s) No No No
Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET (WRKP-0036)

This course prepares students for progression into other program areas by building a solid foundation of shop skills. Students become familiar with college facilities, resources and extracurricular activities. Major course topics include: shop safety procedures, the correct use and maintenance of hand tools, power tools and shop equipment. Demonstrations of precision measuring, fastener identification and tightening procedures are required. Students also learn metal fabrication, basic machinery maintenance, and safe machinery operation. Safe work practices, proper tool selection and referral to service manuals are emphasized.

12 credit(s) No No No
Power Trains (MECH-0148)

A large variety of powertrain designs are used on modern equipment to carry power from the engine to where it is converted to
useful work. In this course, students learn the fundamentals of operation of various types of clutches, manual transmissions,
drivelines, PTOs, differentials, drive axles, final drives and clutch steering systems. Practical training focuses on the service,
diagnosis and repair of these components. Students learn terminology and safe work practices for common braking systems and
wheels, tires, rims and wheels.

12 credit(s) No No No
Practicum-HETCH (PRAC-0290)

Students spend a minimum of 120 hours on the job to gain experience in a work environment. Credit is subject to approval of the work experience by a designated faculty member. The student must submit evidence that the work has been successfully completed.

3 credit(s) No No No
Welding 1 (WELD-0001)

Students learn the basics of oxyacetylene, arc, and mig welding as applied to the mechanical trade.

3 credit(s) No No No

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

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