Heavy Equipment Operator



Material moving equipment operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, and materials. They move materials over short distances around a construction site and some move materials on or off trucks. They may also set up and inspect equipment, make adjustments, and perform minor repairs when needed.

Duties:

  • Inspect and perform tests on old or new equipment verifying that it works properly
  • Diagnose problems and correct malfunctions, sometimes from remote locations
  • Refer to manufacturers manuals for maintenance instructions
  • Evaluate information against standards

Essential Skills:

  • Numeracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others
  • Oral Communication
  • Numerical Estimations

Skills:

  • Working with numbers to perform calculations
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and manufacturer manuals
  • Obtain needed equipment, facilities, and materials and oversee their use
  • Maintain equipment on a routine basis. Determine what kind of maintenance is needed
  • Problem solving skills to determine causes of technical problems and find solutions

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Education:

    A high school diploma is required

Education Requirements :

  • Apprenticeship: 2,500 hours-2260 hours on the job and 240 hours in school
  • Apprenticeship is offered for this trade and the length varies depending on the type of equipment.
  • Certification in Ontario is voluntary in Ontario
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Available Programs:

  • OYAP

Program Description:

The Heavy Equipment Operator program provides a combination of training in core heavy equipment operator skills and trade related skills such as mathematics, computer applications and communications.  Graduates will have demonstrated the ability to operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner, perform pre-op inspections and preventative maintenance, install attachments, load and unload equipment, and read and interpret legislation, site plans, and manufacturer manuals.

Schools:

  • 5TH WHEEL TRAINING INSTITUTE
  • CANADA HEAVY EQUIPMENT COLLEGE
  • CONESTOGA COLLEGE-HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
  • FLEMING COLLEGE-HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
  • OETIO-HEAVY EQUIPMENT UNION
  • TRANSPORTATION TRAINING CENTRES OF CANADA


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What to Expect
Daniela Ruggiero

Heavy Equipment Operator

I have three older brothers in construction and two of them are heavy equipment operators. I got really ticked one Christmas when they were all joking around about how I should follow the family tradition and get a job in construction.  I decided right there I was going to do…
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Essentials Skills
Heavy Equipment Operator


  • Numeracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others
  • Oral Communication
  • Numerical Estimations
Financial Expectation

Heavy Equipment Operator

Education Roadmap

Heavy Equipment Operator

Career ETA: 2 years

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