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ThinkBIG Service Technician Diploma

ThinkBIG is a two-year (80-week) heavy equipment service program created through a partnership between Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), Caterpillar, and Finning. This globally recognized program that is designed to meet Alberta apprenticeship examination requirements and is only offered at one post-secondary institution in Canada. Over five 16-week blocks, you’ll learn advanced technical knowledge and develop skills through a hands-on approach, working on Cat equipment. Each block is divided into eight weeks of class and lab time on campus and eight weeks of paid practicum at a licensed Finning location.

Consider ThinkBIG if you:

  • Are passionate about mechanical systems and want to learn the theoretical principles governing machine operation and design
  • Love analytical troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Want to be in an active, physical work environment
  • Enjoy the challenge of working on large, technologically advanced equipment
  • Are a Canadian citizen and able to work in physically demanding conditions

We’ve Got You Covered

Finning pays your tuition and provides coveralls, books, apprenticeship exam fees, and personal protective equipment. In the program, students must provide their own CSA-approved footwear and a basic set of tooling. While we can’t guarantee we’ll have a job for you when you’re done, we try very hard to accommodate successful graduates. We know they are our kind of people and are ready to help us serve our customers.

Learn more about ThinkBIG.

What's it Like Working for Finning?

For Brent Stuart, every day brings exciting new challenges. As a Finning dealer technician in a remote part Houston, British Columbia, he faces daily tests of distance, timing and nature - and that's before he even gets to the job site. When a customer calls, Brent is counted on to find a solution. What could your career with Finning look like? 

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