Pre-Apprenticeship Heavy Duty Equipment Technician


Confederation College Recognition of Achievement

Area Of Interest

Skilled Trades


21 weeks


Thunder Bay


The Pre-Apprenticeship Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Program at Confederation College is a 20-week training initiative aimed at preparing individuals for apprenticeship opportunities. The program is designed specifically for women in trades and consists of three main components:

  1. Trades Readiness (4 weeks): This phase includes academic preparation in mathematics, safety training, employability skills, and career exploration.

  2. Level 1 In-School Apprenticeship Training (8 weeks plus 2 weeks): This component provides foundational skills and knowledge essential for a career in skilled trades. It includes training in safety, materials, tools, plans, specifications, codes, residential estimating, calculation, layout, and metal cutting and welding. A 2-week exposure to welding is also part of this phase.

  3. Employability Training (8 weeks): This phase involves job placement to give students real-world experience.

The program runs from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and provides students with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). Upon successful completion, participants receive a Confederation College “Recognition of Achievement” credential.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Pre-Apprenticeship Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Program can look forward to a variety of employment opportunities in the skilled trades sector. Successful completion of this program equips individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue careers in areas such as:

  1. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician: Work on the repair and maintenance of heavy machinery used in construction, mining, and other industrial sectors.
  2. Welding Technician: Specialize in welding and metal fabrication, essential skills gained through the program's welding component.
  3. Construction and Maintenance: Use skills in safety, materials, tools, and specifications for roles in construction and building maintenance.
  4. Apprenticeship Opportunities: Enter into apprenticeship programs that lead to journeyperson status in various trades.

With a focus on employability skills and job placement, graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce and begin their careers in these high-demand fields. The program’s comprehensive training aligns with industry standards, increasing the chances of securing positions in reputable companies and advancing in their chosen trade.

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