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
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
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.