EXAMPLES OF JOB TITLES:
- Apprentice heavy equipment operator
- Excavating machine operator
- Bulldozer operator
- Grader operator
- Excavator, excavator
- Heavy equipment operator
- Loader operator – construction
- Opencast mining equipment operator
- Gradall hydraulic backhoe operator
- Tractor-trailer operator – tractor-trailer
Heavy equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:
- Operating heavy machinery such as backhoe excavators, bulldozers, loaders and graders for digging, moving, loading and leveling earth, rock, gravel and other materials during construction or related work;
- Operating a bulldozer or other heavy equipment to clearing and grubbing before logging and open pit mining;
- Operating machines equipped with bell buttons to drive pillars supporting buildings, bridges or other structures;
- Operating dredges to dig the bed of streams and extracting backfill materials;
- Operating various heavy machinery to extend, spread or compress concrete, asphalt or other coating materials during the construction of roads or highways;
- Operating electric excavators to remove rock, ore or other material from an open pit mine, an excavator mine, a quarry or a construction excavation;
- Operating heavy equipment to move, load and unload ship cargo;
- Carry out checks before use, clean, lubricate and refill the tanks.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Some years of high school are required.
- A one-to-two-year apprenticeship program or specialized training in the school or industry, heavy equipment driving and on-the-job training are required.
- The certificate of qualification is mandatory in Quebec and is offered, although voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
- The success of an internal review may be required by the employer.
- The experience provides access to supervisory positions.
- The Red Seal allows inter-provincial mobility.