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Trades & Applied Technology Programs

Road Building & Heavy Construction Equipment Operator

  • Certificate Program: 12 to 17 weeks, depending on specialty
  • Offered at the Nanaimo campus
  • Program Fees: Contact the Trades & Applied Technology Department: 1–888–920–2221 local 6227
  • Apply for Admission: Application form

The Program

This program will grant graduates a Vancouver Island University Road Building & Heavy Construction Equipment Operator certificate with a Backhoe, Dozer, Excavator, Front End Loader, Articulated Rock Truck, Grader, or Articulated Rock Truck/Front End Loader specialty, as well as ITA Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation and Technician certification. The program is delivered by instructors in classrooms at our Heavy Equipment Operator site, as well as on-site training in the operation of heavy equipment. Instruction will be classroom, lab and shop with experiential components and may use online components. This program provides students with the knowledge and basic skills that will help them to apprenticeship or help them to be successful as they continue directly into industry.

Career Opportunities

Students who are successful in completion of these three areas of competence are well positioned to gain employment as a Backhoe, Dozer, Excavator, Front End Loader, Articulated Rock Truck, or Grader operator in the road building and heavy construction fields. This program is an ITA accredited program designed to provide graduates with the skills they need to become employed in the road building and heavy construction industry. This program has been identified as a preferred prerequisite by industry employees for entry into the road building and heavy construction fields.

Admission Requirements

Recommended Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of Age (exceptions may be allowed)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (exceptions may be allowed)
  • English 10, Science 10, and either Mathematics 10 or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 10.
  • Physically fit and able to adapt to rugged working conditions
  • Strong interest and aptitude for equipment operation

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program has two intakes per year and applications are accepted anytime. Specialty start dates can be arranged with the Program Assistant: contact heo@viu.ca or call 1–888–920–2221 local 6227. For further information regarding program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Special Expenses

In addition to tuition fees, books will cost approximately $300 and general equipment in the form of personal attire to meet WCB regulations: steel toed boots, hard hat, hearing protection, safety vest and gloves, are all required and will cost approximately $150.

Note: All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Fees

Contact the Trades & Applied Technology Department toll–free at 1–888–920–2221 local 6227 for information on program costs.

Note: All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Program Outline

This certificate is made up of 3 components: HEO Foundation, HEO Technician, and specialties in: Backhoe, Dozer, Excavator, Front End Loader, Articulated Rock Truck, Grader, and Articulated Rock Truck/Front End Loader.

Year 1

Foundation - 4 weeks

RBCF 100T - (Industry Orientation & Overview)

RBCF 105T - (Tools, Equipment Operations & Maintenance)

RBCF 110T - (Civil Engineering Principles)

RBCF 115T - (Work site Preparation)

Technician - 5 weeks

RBCT 100T - (Safe Work Practices)

RBCT 105T - (Trade & Equipment Knowledge)

RBCT 110T - (Employability Skills)

RBCT 115T - (Basic Engineering)

RBCT 120T - (Environmental Practices)

RBCT 125T - (Articulated Haul Truck Operation)

RBCT 130T - (Loader Operation)

RBCT 135T - (Backhoe Operation)

RBCT 140T - (Dozer Operation)

RBCT 145T - (Excavator Operation)

RBCT 150T - (Grader Operation)

Articulated Rock Truck Specialty - 3 weeks

RBCR 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCR 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCR 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCR 131T - (Articulated Rock Truck Fundamentals)

RBCR 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

Articulated Rock Truck/Front End Loader Specialty - 4 weeks

RBCL 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCL 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCL 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCL 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

RBCL 155T - (Load Truck)

RBCL 156T - (Tram Stockpiled Material)

RBCL 157T - (Tram Bank Material)

RBCL 158T - (Build Road on Stockpile)

RBCL 159T - (Grade Area/Cut and Fill)

RBCR 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCR 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCR 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCR 131T - (Articulated Rock Truck Fundamentals)

RBCR 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

Backhoe Specialty - 6 weeks

RBCB 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCB 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCB 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCB 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

RBCB 165T - (Trench and Backfill)

RBCB 166T - (V-Trench and Backfill)

RBCB 167T - (Excavate Septic System and Backfill)

RBCB 168T - (Load Truck)

RBCB 169T - (Clean Out Ditches)

RBCB 170T - (Trim and Fill Slope)

RBCB 171T - (Trim and Cut Slope)

RBCB 172T - (Excavate Under-buried Pipe)

RBCB 173T - (Culvert Installation)

RBCB 174T - (Culvert Removal)

RBCB 175T - (Place Rip Rap)

Dozer Specialty - 6 weeks

RBCD 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCD 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCD 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCD 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

RBCD 140T - (Trench and Backfill)

RBCD 141T - (V-Trench and Backfill)

RBCD 142T - (Road Building)

RBCD 143T - (Load Truck)

RBCD 144T - (Clean Out Ditches)

RBCD 145T - (Trim and Fill Slope)

RBCD 146T - (Trim and Cut Slope)

RBCD 147T - (Excavate Under-buried Pipe)

Excavator Specialty - 8 weeks

RBCE 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCE 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCE 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCE 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

RBCE 180T - (Trench and Backfill)

RBCE 181T - (V-Trench and Backfill)

RBCE 182T - (Road Building)

RBCE 183T - (Load Truck)

RBCE 184T - (Clean Out Ditches)

RBCE 185T - (Trim and Fill Slope)

RBCE 186T - (Trim and Cut Slope)

RBCE 187T - (Excavate Under-buried Pipe)

RBCE 188T - (Culvert Installation)

RBCE 189T - (Culvert Removal)

RBCE 190T - (Land Clearing)

RBCE 191T - (Place Rip Rap)

RBCE 192T - (Road Deactivation)

RBCE 193T - (Mass Excavation and Backfill)

RBCE 194T - (Strip and Stockpile)

RBCE 195T - (Hoe Chucking)

Front End Loader Specialty - 3 weeks

RBCL 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCL 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCL 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCL 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

RBCL 155T - (Load Truck)

RBCL 156T - (Tram Stockpiled Material)

RBCL 157T - (Tram Bank Material)

RBCL 158T - (Build Road on Stockpile)

RBCL 159T - (Grade Area/Cut and Fill)

Grader Specialty - 6 weeks

RBCG 120T - (Orientation to Operator's Manual)

RBCG 125T - (Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown)

RBCG 130T - (Operating Controls)

RBCG 135T - (Load and Unload Machine)

RBCG 140T - (Trim Slopes)

RBCG 150T - (Clean and Fill Ditches)

RBCG 151T - (Form and Handle a Windrow)

RBCG 152T - (Construct a Crowned Road)

RBCG 153T - (Road Maintenance)

Updated: March 20, 2013