Sait Polytechnic

MHUB - January 1, 2015
Province/State AB
City:  Calgary
Province/State:  Alberta
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Mechanic Programs: Parts Technician • Heavy Equipment


Pre-Apprenticeship Heavy Equipment and Automotive Program Summary:

The Pre-Employment Automotive Service and Heavy Equipment Technician program (24 week program) is essentially a blend of the first year of the Automotive Service Technician and Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship programs.  This program will provide you with excellent preparation for a shortened apprenticeship in either trade.

During this program, you will learn the basic repair and maintenance of drivelines, suspension systems, air and hydraulic brake systems, and some electrical systems for automotive vehicles, light and heavy trucks.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to register as an apprentice in either the Automotive Service Technician (ASTP) or Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) apprenticeship programs.  You will also be able to challenge the first period HET and AST apprenticeship exams.


Heavy Equipment Technician Apprentice Program Summary:

A Heavy Equipment Technician is a red seal trade with national recognition. As a technician, you will maintain, repair, and overhaul transport vehicles and heavy equipment, both towed and self-propelled. Technicians may specialize in engine, transmission or drive train overhaul, hydraulic controls, electrical/electronic diagnostics, air conditioning repair and fuel injection servicing. The working environment is very diverse and may include employment in a variety of industries such as: construction, oil field support, forestry, mining, marine, on-highway transportation trucks, public utilities, gas compression, agriculture or any other industry that relies on heavy equipment or diesel engines.

Apprentices in the program qualify for both the apprenticeship incentive grants and the apprenticeship completion grant.


Parts Technician Apprentice Program Summary:

Parts Technicians manage and disperse parts inventories, which may include automotive, heavy duty, agricultural, industrial, recreational vehicle, after-market, plumbing, electrical, etc. As a Parts Technician, you could find yourself responsible for stock handling, warehousing, identifying and cataloguing parts and assemblies as well as ordering, receiving, inspecting, sorting, pricing and selling. Experienced Parts Technicians may advance to management positions or outside sales roles.

The Parts Technician trade is a three year Red Seal apprenticeship program. Apprentices in the program qualify for both the apprenticeship incentive grants and the apprenticeship completion grant.


Program Contact Details:

Phone: 403.284.8471

Email: [email protected]


From apprenticeships to baccalaureate degrees, polytechnic institutions offer a range of credentials in diverse program areas. Focused on experience-oriented training that provides students with the skills they need to find high-quality jobs, polytechnics are also committed to working closely with industry and to promoting applied research and innovation.

As one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, SAIT Polytechnic provides relevant, skill-oriented education to more than 71,000 registrants each year. About 1,000 business and industry partners help shape curriculum by serving on more than 65 advisory committees, and SAIT is known as a trailblazer in applied research and innovation. SAIT was the first publicly-funded institute of its kind in the country, and more than 94 years later, it is well on its way to becoming Canada’s premier polytechnic.