What is an AET? A PT?

Agricultural Equipment Technicians repair, overhaul, and maintain agricultural equipment. Parts Technicians dispense and manage parts inventories. Both AET’s and PT’s are highly employable in western Canada due to a shortage of skilled workers in this industry.

AET/PT Information sheet for School Administrators and Career Counsellors


How do the AET/PT courses work?

AET20, AET30, and PT30 are Semester One courses. Students will complete 50 hours of online theory under the guidance of the Sun West DLC teacher by mid-November.

Once the student has completed the online theory, they will begin their work placement at an ag dealership close to the student’s community. Sun West DLC’s Ag Coordinator will confirm the placement at dealerships across the province. Each division will provide a teacher supervisor at the local school level who will supervise students throughout the duration of the placement. It is recommended that two on-site visits are conducted within the first 25 hours of work placement, and one on-site visit for each additional 25 hours.

*Some divisions are using an AET application process. Check with your division’s CWEX coordinator.

AET/PT Boot Camp

AET/PT Boot Camp is an opportunity to visit Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Saskatoon campus and see firsthand what AET & PT apprenticeship training looks like. You’ll meet fellow AET & PT students from across the province and work with Sask Polytechnic instructors and apprentices. Boot Camp (approx. 10 hours over 1 or 2 days) is optional and you can choose to attend or, if you choose not to participate, the 10 hours will be added to your work placement.

What is the cost?

AET20 & 30 and PT30 are free to all Saskatchewan students thanks to the generous support of our partners at the Western Equipment Dealers Association and their funding arm, the Canada Equipment Dealers Foundation and to local agricultural equipment dealers across the province.

Students are responsible for any necessary workplace attire or materials such as steel-toed work boots, coveralls, etc. They are also responsible for the cost of their transportation to and from the Ag dealership to complete the work experience component.

How do I register?

Registration Opens June 1.


Note: The AET and PT courses are only available in Semester 1

For more information about the program, contact
Lori Gasper, AET coordinator or call 306-252-1000