Agricultural Machinery Technicians diagnose, repair, modify, overhaul, service and maintain some of today’s most technologically advanced machines—tractors, combines, cultivators, seeders, sprayers. If you like working with ag equipment and troubleshooting mechanical problems, it’s a great career choice.
You’ll find your skills are in demand at leading equipment dealerships. You might work as a technician in a fully-equipped service centre or travel to farms and rural areas on service calls. You can also transfer your skills to other industries, such as mining and construction.
Agricultural Machinery Technician is a one-year certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . Get hands-on training in:
This is Hands-On Learning
You'll spend most of your "classroom" time in the shop with Saskatchewan Polytechnic's highly trained instructors, learning how to assemble, service, repair, modify and overhaul a wide range of equipment. You'll round out your program with a two-week work experience in an agricultural dealership. It's a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer, while building your practical knowledge and skills.
Advanced Apprenticeship Standing
Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate gives you advanced standing as an apprentice in the Agricultural Machinery Technician trade. In just a few years, you could earn journeyperson certification, which lets you work across Canada where the trade is recognized. Learn more at the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).
Close Ties to Industry
Your program is designed with input from the provincial and national agricultural equipment industry. The industry also supports students by providing new, technologically advanced equipment while local dealerships supply used equipment for hands-on training. This means your knowledge and skills are up-to-date with real world needs.
Agricultural Machinery Technicians are in demand at equipment dealerships. There are also opportunities with large farming operations, custom combine companies and in short-line agricultural equipment vendors. Your skills are also transferable to other industries, including mining-manufacturing and construction.
For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.
One year post-secondary studies
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Note: During your two-week work experience, you will experience how an agricultural dealership operates and will be able to start to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired.
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