Trade Category: OperatorHeavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment OperatorWhat you do:

If you loved playing with toy trucks when you were a kid, that has very little to do with being a Heavy Equipment Operator. This is the real deal and it’s serious business. Heavy Equipment Operators are first and foremost safe and responsible, then sure, it can be fun. As a Heavy Equipment Operator, you operate bulldozers, backhoes, loaders, excavators and more. You might move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel and other materials at a construction site. You could be excavating rock and ore at a mine, running dredging equipment to deepen waterways, or clearing brush and stumps for roads or new construction.

Heavy Equipment OperatorCritical skills:

  • Essential Heavy Equipment Knowledge
  • Employability Skills and Professional Practices
  • Job Control and Engineering Basics
  • Environmental Awareness, Protection and Enhancement
  • Operation of Haul Trucks, Loaders, Dozers, Excavaters, Graders and other equipment

Trade Category: Operator

Calm, Careful, Cautious, Communicative, Confident, Coordinated, Decisive, Mechanical, Precise


$66k - $95k Annually

$18.00 - $33.00 Hourly

Work hours:

40 hours per week, potential for on-call and shift work

What you learn:

  • How to run bulldozers, backhoes, loaders and graders
  • How to run dredging and pile-driving equipment
  • How to operate heavy paving equipment for building roads
  • How to assess safety for yourself and site workers
  • How to do pre-operational checks on equipment, and clean, lubricate and refill equipment

Who you work for:

Heavy Equipment Operators work for construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments, and pipeline, logging and cargo-handling companies.

Types of Workplaces

  • Forestry Operations
  • Mining Operations
  • Construction Firms
  • Paving Operations
  • Self-employed

Who you‘ll work with:

When land needs to be cleared, graded or paved a heavy equipment operator gets the call. You will be paired with an experienced operator who will show you how to safely operate a wide variety of equipment for forestry, mining, road construction and many other mega-projects.

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