Does the thought of servicing an engine excite you? At Northwestern Polytechnic, we can help you keep the wheels turning on your career with programs through the Department of Transportation Trades. Whether you work in the industry or are looking to turn the key on a hobby and start your own business, an exciting future as an automotive or motorcycle mechanic is around the corner.
With experienced mentors, modern facilities and hands-on instruction, you will gain the skills to repair and maintain several models of motorcycles, lightweight all-terrain vehicles, light trucks and automotive vehicles. We are also the only authorized Harley-Davidson® Training Centre in Canada.
Automotive Service Technicians adjust, test and repair engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive
trains, vehicle suspensions, electrical systems and air-conditioning systems, and do wheel alignments.
In large shops, they sometimes specialize in repairing, rebuilding and servicing specific parts (e.g.,
transmissions, engines, electrical components, etc.). In smaller shops, automotive service technicians
may work on a wider variety of repair jobs.
Heavy Equipment Technicians maintain, repair, and overhaul heavy vehicles and industrial equipment. Maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment may include internal combustion engines, tracked equipment, rubber-tired equipment, or other off-highway vehicles. Heavy Equipment Technicians are employed by specialized repair shops and organizations that own or lease heavy equipment used in the construction, mining, forestry, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, agriculture and the transportation industries.
Through a combination of on-the-job and classroom training, students will gain the expertise needed to
become a skilled tradesperson. Motorcycle mechanics' duties include assembly, pre-delivery,
inspection, maintenance, repair and restoration of motorcycles and other multi-wheeled lightweight
all-terrain vehicles that have astride seating and handlebar controls.
We are home to the only authorized training centre in Canada for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. In
this 15-week program, we provide quality training to produce the finest technicians for authorized
Harley-Davidson® retailers across Canada. Our modern facilities are combined with top-quality
instruction and current curriculum.
Rev up your knowledge and ability to repair Classic models of the legendary Harley-Davidson®
motorcycle. The Classics are special for a reason and they deserve a tailored program to understand
their intricacies. This advanced certificate is a great option whether you're looking to increase your
skills for employment or simply wanting the confidence to repair your own bike.
The ThinkBIG Service Technician program is a unique partnership between our institution, Caterpillar Inc., and Finning Canada, Caterpillar’s largest dealership worldwide. We are the only post-secondary institution in Canada to offer this globally recognized training program, which is custom-formulated to meet Alberta Apprenticeship examination requirements. Students gain highly technical knowledge and hands-on skills directly related to Cat® equipment. Finning Service Technicians put analytical troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to use in an active and physical work environment.
Possible Careers Include: Employment with Finning Canada, heavy equipment industry, Alberta & Industry Training Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship completion and Heavy Equipment Technician journeyperson certification.
As a Motorcycle Mechanic, you repair and maintain many different brands and models of street, off-road,
and dual sport bikes. This popular program gives you the required experience to land your first job. Our
students receive training in motorcycle charging, starting and ignition systems, four-stroke tuning and
top end diagnosis, inspection and reconditioning procedures, transmissions, crankshaft repair and more.
Graduates of this program may have the opportunity to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry
Training (AIT) exams for first and second year Motorcycle Mechanic.