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Trades & Applied Technology Programs

Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate

The Program

The Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate Program includes the Road Builder & Heavy Construction Foundation (4 weeks), the Heavy Equipment Operator Technician (5 weeks), and Machine Operator Training (1-8 weeks, machine dependant) for a total of 10 to 17 weeks of instruction. Students will be granted a Foundation and Technician Certificate as well as a machine(s) speciality certificate(s). Graduates will gain knowledge and skills in both a classroom and hands-on setting that will help them to be successful as they continue within the industry.

Career Opportunities

Students who are successful in completion of the Foundation, Technician, and Specialized Machine Operator Training will be well positioned to gain employment as a Backhoe, Dozer, Excavator, Front End Loader, Articulated Rock Truck, Grader, Skid Steer or Dump Truck & Pup Operator. This program has been identified as a preferred pre-requisite by Industry Employers for entry into the Road Builder & Heavy Construction Trade.

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Assessment testing and Personal Profile may be required
  • Interview may be required
  • Good health, free of vision, hearing, or respiratory ailments

Recommendations for Admission

  • Minimum 18 years of age (exceptions may be allowed)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (exceptions may be allowed)
  • Class 5 Driver's License that must be maintained throughout the program
  • Physically fit and able to adapt to rugged working conditions

Students should check with the Program Assistant toll–free at 1–888–920–2221 local 6227 for details.

Transfer from other institutions

Students who have taken the Heavy Equipment Operator Foundations program may qualify for advanced placement and should check with the HEO Program Assistant toll–free at 1–888–920–2221 local 6227.

Start Date and Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For further information regarding next available program start dates, applications, and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Special Expenses

In addition to tuition fees, books will cost approximately $200 and personal attire to meet WCB regulations is required; steel toed boots, hardhat, hearing protection, safety vest and gloves, (personal attire will cost approximately $150). Students are also responsible for transportation costs to worksites.

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

Program Outline

Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate

RBHC 101T - (Road Builder & Heavy Construction Foundation)

RBHC 201T - (Heavy Equipment Operator Technician)

Select one or more Specialized Machine Operator Training courses below

Specialized Machine Operator Training

HEOE 101T - (Excavator)

HEOB 101T - (Backhoe)

HEOD 101T - (Dozer)

HEOG 101T - (Grader)

HEORL 101T - (Articulated Rock Truck/Loader Combo)

HEOR 101T - (Articulated Rock Truck)

HEOF 101T - (Front End Loader)

HEOK 101T - (Skid Steer (Bobcat))

HEOT 101T - (Dump Truck & Pup)

Updated: November 23, 2015