Olds College

MHUB - January 1, 2015
Province/State AB
City:  Olds
Province/State:  Alberta
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Mechanic Programs: Heavy Equipment • Agriculture

John Deere Tech Training Program Summary:


  • Two-Weeks Each Year

Applicants must be indentured as Agricultural Equipment Technician or Heavy Equipment Technician Apprentices (or already be a journeyman), and be employed by a sponsoring John Deere Dealer before entering the JD Tech Program. Applications are available from your employer.

The JD Tech program is designed to enhance the training obtained in the Agricultural Equipment Technician or Heavy Equipment Technician apprentice program with topics that relate specifically to John Deere Equipment.

Case New Holland Technician (CNH) Program Summary:

During each of four years, the CNH Tech Apprentice works approximately nine to ten months at a sponsoring dealership and receives eight weeks of apprenticeship technical training and two weeks of CNH product specific training at Olds College.

Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will qualify for the following certification:

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician Journeyman

  • Inter-Provincial Agricultural Equipment Technician Certification

  • Case New Holland/Olds College CNH Tech Completion Award

The CNH Tech program is an educational program designed to upgrade the technical competence and professionalism of apprentice agricultural equipment technicians. The program is sponsored by Case New Holland (CNH) Training, Racine Wisconsin; the curriculum has been designed by Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training via input from industry representatives, as well as CNH and Olds College. Completion of the program qualifies apprentices for journeyman status as an Agricultural Equipment Technician. Program graduates will also receive a CNH Tech Completion Award conferred by Case New Holland Training and Olds College.

The CNH Tech program can be completed in approximately 48 months. Apprentices work for a dealer and participate in classroom lectures and laboratory experiences at Olds College, related to repair and diagnosis of agricultural equipment. The program consists of training on a wide variety of agricultural machinery with an emphasis on Case IH & New Holland agricultural products. The curriculum is designed so that work experience at the dealership relates, as much as possible, to the specialized course work completed at Olds College. The program requires the student to have a sponsoring Case IH or New Holland dealership.


Pre-Employment Heavy Equipment Technician Program Summary:

If you enjoy maintaining and repairing equipment, you can't get much bigger than the heavy equipment and off-road industry! Heavy Equipment Technicians typically repair and overhaul engines, mechanical and powershift transmissions, hydraulics, and basic electrical systems on mobile and stationary equipment. This 12 week program will introduce you to the maintenance of a wide variety of equipment including trucks and trailers, off-road, and earthmoving equipment.

Upon successful completion of the pre-employment program, students who meet the apprenticeship requirements for the trade (see are eligible to write the first period apprenticeship exam. (There is a fee, payable to Apprenticeship and Industry Training, to write the exam. This fee is in addition to tuition, books and supplies.) CSA approved personal protective equipment is required to complete the practical portion of this program. You may be required to purchase other tools and equipment for your chosen trade.


Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Certificate Program Summary:

If you seek a career in a heavy equipment or agricultural equipment dealership and plan to become a journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician or an Agricultural Equipment Technician, this program is for you. When you complete the certificate program and/or continue into the diploma program, you have the opportunity to write the apprenticeship exams in these two trades. This gives you technical accreditation towards these two trades and a wide range of employment opportunities you then can enter the trade, register as an apprentice and complete the mandatory requirements to gain journeyman certification.

Earn apprenticeship accreditation from Alberta Advanced Education and Apprenticeship.  The graduate of the one-year certificate has the opportunity to write the apprenticeship exams for the first two-years of both the Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician trades. This gives the graduate technical accreditation towards the first two-years of these two trades.  The student can then choose to continue on and attain Alberta Journeyman status, completing mandatory on the job training hours as specified by Alberta Apprenticeship and attend technical training for the third and fourth period in their chosen trade.  For more information contact the program coordinator.


Program Contact Details:

Phone: (403) 556-8281

Toll-free: 1-800-661-6537

Fax: (403) 556-4711


Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program Summary:

A Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship may be for you, if you are an individual who likes a technically challenging career working with large offroad machinery, trucks and buses or other heavy industrial machinery.


Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program Summary:

An Agricultural Equipment Technician apprenticeship may be for you, if you like a technically challenging career working with machinery, and/or with computers, and enjoy a rural lifestyle assisting the industry that grows our food. You will enjoy a combination of on-the-job and technical training in an earn-while-you-learn environment.


Program Contact Details:

Contact:Tony Jordan, Coordinator, Apprenticeship Programs

Phone: (403) 556-8274

E-mail: [email protected]


Founded in 1913, Olds College is the premier comprehensive applied agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management learning, and applied research community in Canada. Located 45 minutes north of Calgary, Alberta, Olds College prepares students to contribute provincially, nationally, and internationally through careers in agriculture, horticulture, environmental land management, agribusiness, and rural entrepreneurship. Olds College provides certificate, diploma, and applied degree programs, and participates with other institutions in offering post-diploma degrees. Olds College is further dedicated to nurturing innovation, learning, applied research, and commercialization for agribusiness through the School of Innovation. Small classes and hands on method of instruction allow Olds College graduates to step right into the industry. Our graduates are successful. Employers and potential employers look forward to hiring graduates who are innovative thinkers with sound technical knowledge, and a solid base of communication and business savvy.

Areas of Expertise

Olds College prepares students to contribute provincially, nationally, and internationally through careers in agriculture, horticulture, environmental land management, agribusiness, and rural entrepreneurship.