Heavy Equipment Operator

WHAT 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.

Program details

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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Operators are

CALM, CAREFUL, CONFIDENT, COORDINATED, DECISIVE

Critical 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

Earn

$66K - $95K annually
$18.00 - $33.00 hourly

Work

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

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Operator's Story

Jordan Smith

Mobile Crane Operator

Nanaimo, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.