Program Title: Heavy Equipment Operator
Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
Program Availability: Full time or Part time
Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.
In this 52-week program you will learn about the operation and preventative maintenance of heavy construction equipment. You’ll develop the theoretical skills you need to use bulldozers, skid-steer loaders, tractor loader backhoes, hydraulic excavators, rock trucks and various other construction site equipment. What you will learn will focus on the essentials to help you master your operating skills.
Students have a total of fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.
- Operate heavy equipment safely.
- Maintain heavy equipment.
- Apply basic survey techniques to interpret grade elevation.
- Operate various pieces of earth moving equipment on a work site in a competent manner.
- Work in a team environment and interact with others in ways that contribute to an effective and safe work place.
- Complete all work in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Prepare logs, records, and documentation to appropriate standards.
- Apply basic business practices appropriate to the heavy construction industry.
- Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations; and in accordance with ethical principles.
Heavy equipment operators (HEO) not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports, otherwise called non-building construction), and in mining and timber operations. A trained and experienced equipment operator provides necessary skills for any project that requires moving and transporting heavy materials, or that demands any kind of earthmoving.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
- Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
- General Educational Development (GED); OR
- Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).
Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.
Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.
Orientation to the Trade
Heavy Equipment Safety
Identification of Heavy Equipment
Basic Operational Techniques
Introduction to Earth Moving
Rough Terrain Forklifts
Interpreting Civil Drawings
Off-Road Dump Trucks
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Orientation to the Trade (5 Hours)
Provides an overview of heavy equipment terminology, operations, operator responsibilities, career opportunities, and basic principles of safety.
Heavy Equipment Safety (10 Hours)
Introduces safe working practices, housekeeping, hazard awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, safety legislation and regulations, WHMIS. Presents basic requirements for personal protection, safe equipment operations and maintenance.
Identification of Heavy Equipment (5 Hours)
Introduces the eleven most used pieces of heavy equipment. Describes the functional operation and uses for each piece of equipment, along with a general description of heavy equipment drive and hydraulic systems.
Basic Operational Techniques (27.5 Hours)
Covers prestart checks of a machine’s hardware (frame, body panels, tires or tracks, and safety equipment), driveline components, hydraulic system components, electrical components and controls. Reviews machine safety issues. Explains how to safely start, move, steer, stop, and shut down different types of machines.
Utility Tractors (17.5 Hours)
Covers operation of general utility tractors in the construction industry. Describes duties and responsibilities of the operator, safety rules for operation, the attachment of implements, and basic preventive maintenance practices.
Introduction to Earth Moving (12.5 Hours)
This module provides a broad introduction to the process of planning and executing earth moving activities on various types of construction projects. The use of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, scrapers, excavators, and loaders is explained.
Grades I (15 Hours)
Introduces the concept of preparing graded surfaces using heavy equipment. Covers identification of construction stakes and interpretation of marks on each type of stake. Describes process for grading slopes.
On-road Dump Trucks (20 Hours)
Covers uses, inspection, startup, shutdown, operator maintenance, and operation of dump trucks used to carry loads on public highways. Includes operation of dump trucks in normal and emergency situations.
Scrapers (17.5 Hours)
Describes the types of scrapers used in site preparation, as well as the safe practices associated with the operation of scrapers. Covers operator inspection and maintenance requirements, along with startup, shutdown, and operating techniques.
Loaders (17.5 Hours)
Covers the uses of wheel and track loaders, as well as operator maintenance, loader safety, and operating procedures. Includes procedures for using loaders in excavation, grading, and demolition work.
Rough Terrain Forklifts (22.5 Hours)
Covers the uses of forklifts on construction sites. Includes instructions for lifting, transporting, and placing various types of loads, as well as safety, operation, and maintenance procedures.
Excavation Math (17.5 Hours)
Covers basic math skills required for site excavation work. Includes methods and practice in calculating the areas and volumes of various geometric shapes, as well as formulas and methods used to calculate cut and fill requirements on a job.
Interpreting Civil Drawings (20 Hours)
Explains how to read site plans to calculate cut and fill requirements. Provides instruction and practice in interpreting both roadway and construction site drawings used for excavation and grading work.
Site Work (20 Hours)
Expands on information covered in Semester 1 in relation to setting and interpreting grade stakes. Also provides information and instructions on controlling surface water and ground water on a job site, as well as the layout of foundations and laying of pipe.
Skid Steers (22.5 Hours)
Describes the many uses of skid steers and the attachments available for these machines. Covers safety practices, as well as inspection, startup, shutdown, and operation of skid steers.
Soils Classification (10 Hours)
Describes soil classification systems and explains how shrink and swell factors affect equipment selection. Discusses how soil conditions affect equipment performance and explains techniques for working with various types of soils.
Finishing and Grading (20 Hours)
Provides training on common types of equipment and instruments used for finish grading, materials and methods used to stabilize soils and control soil erosion, and finishing and grading methods used for various applications.
Compaction Equipment (15 Hours)
Provides training on common types of compaction equipment; the primary instruments, controls, and attachments of a roller; safety guidelines associated with compaction equipment; and prestart inspections, preventive maintenance, and proper operating procedures. Factors involved in work activities associated with a roller are also presented.
Backhoes (30 Hours)
Identifies and describes the common uses, types, components, instruments, controls, and attachments of backhoes. Safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements are presented. Basic startup and operation are described, and common work activities associated with backhoes are covered.
Off-Road Dump Trucks (15 Hours)
Identifies and describes the common types, uses, and components of off-road dump trucks. Safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements are presented. Basic startup, driving maneuvers, loading, and dumping procedures for off-road dump trucks are covered.
Dozers (30 Hours)
Identifies and describes the common uses, types, and components of dozers. Safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements are presented. Basic startup and operation are described, and common work activities associated with dozers are covered.
Excavators (40 Hours)
Identifies and describes the common types, uses, and components of excavators. Safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements are presented. Basic startup and operation are described, and common work activities associated with excavators are covered.
Motor Graders (40 Hours)
Identifies and describes the common uses and types of motor graders. Safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements are presented. Basic startup and operation are described, and common work activities associated with motor graders are covered.
Fees & Expenses
Fees Apply for this Academic Year.
- Application Fee: $100.00
- Textbooks: $975.00
- Postal Fee: $49.00
- Tuition Fee: $3,825.00
Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00