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 9-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. 


Careers & Connections


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.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Heavy Equipment Technician certificate, students must successfully complete 75 academic credits and 3 practical credits. 

Estimated Program Fees

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,650. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $3,700. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.


Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Braking Systems and Tires (MECH-0121)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET
Mobile heavy equipment relies on traction to start, move, turn and stop safely and efficiently. On much of this equipment, tires are the only contact with the road or earth. In this course students learn about tire and wheel construction and the recommended practices to service, diagnose and repair tires, wheels and wheel ends safely. Reliable braking systems are essential to the safe operation of heavy mobile equipment. In this course students learn the fundamentals of operation as well as how to service, diagnose and repair heavy duty braking systems including mechanical, hydraulic, air and electric systems as well as various brake booster systems.

6 credit(s) No No No
Co-op Work Placement - DIESEL (COOP-0009)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
This requires a minimum of 480 hours of full-time, paid, related work experience. The work placement, which is normally of 12-week duration, is subject to prior approval of and monitoring by a designated faculty member. Credit is given subject to the student submitting evidence that the work has been successfully completed. Work experience acquired prior to registration in the program is not eligible for this credit.

12 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
Diesel Engines (MECH-0055)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET
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 part orders and performing basic engine service. Safe work practices, cleanliness, proper tool selection and referral to service manuals are emphasized. Following manufacturer recommended procedures, students learn to disassemble and reassemble various operational multi-cylinder diesel engines. Hands-on activities include inspecting and measuring all components for wear and reusability and demonstrating proper reconditioning procedures for serviceable components.

15 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 & Batteries (ELEC-0035)

Prerequisites: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET, ELEC-0001 Electrical Science
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 service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components, including wiring harnesses, switches, relays, solenoids, circuit breakers, fuses, lighting systems and batteries. Emphasis is on accurate and efficient troubleshooting to isolate faulty components and failure analysis to avoid recurring failures.

9 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 1 (MECH-0122)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0036 Orientation/Shop Skills-HDET
A large variety of power-train 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, single and multiple-countershaft manual transmissions, drivelines, transfer cases, PTOs, differentials, drive axles, final drives and clutch steering systems. Practical training focuses on the service, diagnosis and repair of these components and systems.

15 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?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming. 

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.