Heavy Equipment Operator: Dozer, Excavator, Tractor, Loader, Backhoe

Heavy Equipment Operator: Dozer
Heavy Equipment Operator: Excavator
Heavy Equipment Operator: Tractor Loader Backhoe
Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade

Trade Code 636C
Trade Code 636B
Trade Code 636A


  • Use a variety of mobile machines and attachments such as backhoes, bulldozers, front-end loaders, graders, pavers and excavators
  • Dig trenches, haul, load or dump heavy materials, clear and level land, break rock or concrete, pave roads and parking lots
  • May operate unique equipment such as skidders or trench excavators in particular industries such as forestry or construction
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance and general servicing of equipment
  • Work all seasons out of doors
  • Transport equipment to work site and load/unload equipment on transporter
  • May install and remove attachments to equipment as the work requires

Personal Qualities

  • Work well as part of a team and follow hand signals
  • Very safety conscious
  • Good eye, hand/foot coordination, fast reflexes
  • Good manual dexterity and visual acuity
  • Be willing to travel
  • Be patient and able to sit for long periods
  • Good communication, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Employment may be on a project-by project basis and involve travel
  • Public and private sector employers are mainly in the construction industry but also in petroleum, mining and forestry industries
  • Oil and gas companies involved in large projects such as Alberta’s oil sands development offer unique opportunities

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion ofa 2,260 hourapprenticeship program
  • May require specific license(s) to drive transporter vehicle

Training Availability

Trade Related Program

Heavy Equipment Operator
Fleming College – Frost Campus
Lindsay, ONwww.flemingcollege.com

Apprenticeship Training

Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario
Box 636, 12580 County Road #2
Morrisburg ON K0C 1X0

Potential Earnings

  • Wages1 for junior apprentices range from $14.00 – $16.00 and $29.00 – $32.00 an hour for journeypeople, excluding overtime

Prospects For Employment

  • The employment growth rate will likely be balanced due to the anticipated economic recovery should encourage transportation/construction projects, particularly residential construction1
  • The retirement rate will likely be about average, and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings
  • The number of job openings will likely slightly exceed the number of job seekers

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction