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Heavy Equipment Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator Course

Heavy Equipment Operator Course - 10 weeks - $20,850

Course Description

Learn the safe and effective operation of various sizes of Excavators, the Loader, the Dozer, the Grader, the Articulated Rock Truck, and the Rubber Tire Backhoe.

Throughout the 10 weeks of training, students will receive 235 hours of machine operation shifts as well as online instructional theory using educational standard software, Moodle, plus take part each day in live online meetings with instructors and students utilizing Microsoft TEAMS. It is important for students to consider bringing their own current laptop computer or tablet to access this training. Those that do not have access to current devices are able to schedule time in our student computer lab for study. Four basic safety tickets (WHMIS, CSTS, GD2 and First Aid) are included in tuition, with additional safety ticket training available for a fee. As students progress through the field portion of the course, the tasks required on the machines become more involved and challenging to ensure that they have the required skills to operate the machine in a real work situation.

Course Time Breakdown

Excavator Training: 110 Hours
Loader Training: 25 Hours
Dozer Training: 25 Hours
Grader Training: 25 Hours
Articulated Rock Truck Training: 25 Hours
Rubber Tire Backhoe Training: 25 Hours
Classroom Instructional Theory: 145 Hours

Minimum Recommended Safety Tickets

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Ground Disturbance Level 2
Petroleum Safety Training / Construction Safety Training System (PST/CSTS)
First Aid Level 1

Excavator Tasks

Topics / Tasks Covered


  • Orientation*
  • Straight Trench / Backfill
  • Site Level
  • Triple Trench
  • Bench Trench
  • 1:1 Slope Trench
  • Straight Trench / Shading
  • Level Trench
  • Flat Road Build
  • Side Hill Road Build
  • Side Hill Road De-activation
  • Pipeline ROW Trench
  • Bell Hole #1
  • Basement
  • Laser Basement
  • V-Bucket Trench
  • Load Truck #1
  • Deep Underground
  • Grade Beam Trench
  • Bell Hole #2
  • Loading Ramp
  • Laser Trench
Loader Tasks

Topics / Tasks Covered


  • Orientation*
  • Backfilling & Levelling
  • Fork Day #1
  • Loading Trucks #1
  • Loading Ramp
Dozer Tasks

Topics / Tasks Covered


  • Orientation*
  • Tracks Straight Push
  • 30M Push to Ramp
  • Sump
  • Berm
  • Road Build
Grader Tasks

Topics / Tasks Covered


  • Orientation*
  • Figure 8 With Tire
  • Windrowing
  • V Ditch
  • Road Build #1
Articulated Rock Truck Tasks

Topics / Tasks Covered

Articulated Rock Truck

  • Orientation*
  • Tail Load
  • Side Load
  • Free Dumping
  • Dump to Loader
Rubber Tire Backhoe Tasks

Topics / Tasks Covered

Rubber Tire Backhoe

  • Orientation*
  • Vault Pad
  • Service Trench #1
  • Septic Field #1
  • Footing #1

Our field instructors, onine instructors and office staff are familiar with persons of all backgrounds calling from all over Canada, the USA and the rest of the globe. Our grads have overcome physical disabilities, learning challenges, and great distances to embark on rewarding new careers. Call us today and let us help you on your way!

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