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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Power Equipment

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Outdoor power equipment technicians-power equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel-powered equipment such as generators, mowers, aerators, golf carts, chainsaws and various types of construction equipment.

In general, outdoor power equipment technicians-power equipment technicians perform the following main duties:

  • review and interpret work orders and technical manuals,
  • inspect and test engine, motors and other mechanical components using test devices to diagnose and isolate faults,
  • adjust, repair or replace mechanical or electrical system parts and components using hand tools and equipment,
  • test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance,
  • perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment,
  • advise customers on work performed and general condition of equipment, and
  • estimate repair costs.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for a power equipment technician is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1000 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the first year, and 8 weeks of technical training in the second and third years.
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • HET - Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
  • HET - Transport Trailer Mechanic
  • HET - Truck and Transport 
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • OPET - Marine Equipment
  • OPET - Recreational Equipment
  • OPET - Turf Equipment

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.


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