ThinkBIG Service Technician Diploma

ThinkBIG is a 20-month (80-week) heavy equipment service program created through a partnership between Northwestern Polytech, 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/permanent resident and able to work in physically demanding conditions

Apply for the ThinkBig program through Northwestern Polytech:

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ThinkBIG Service Technician Diploma

Get your ticket, gain work experience and learn the trade on the best machines in the industry. Learn more about the program or how to earn your Diploma. 


Finning proudly supports many apprentices: heavy equipment technicians, parts technicians, electricians, welders, millwrights and machinists in Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

Finning's Apprenticeship Team is responsible for all administration functions to assist the apprentice with their apprenticeship from start to finish. This includes but not limited to:

  • Apprentice contract set-up
  • Pay increase completion
  • Technical training registration
  • Work experience updates
  • Journeyperson certification completion

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Women Building Futures

Finning is proud to be partnered with Women Building Futures. Learn more about their programs and how you can apply for their Heavy Equipment Technician placement program. 

What it's Like Working at Finning?

For Brent Stuart, a Heavy Equipment Technician, every day brings new exciting challenges. Working from a remote part of Houston, BC, he faces daily tests of distance, timing and nature. When a customer calls, Brent is counted on to find a solution to their issues. What could your career at Finning look like?