Heavy Equipment Operators

(NOC 7421)

Career Description

Heavy equipment operators operate backhoes, bulldozers, loaders, graders, side-booms, dredging, and heavy paving equipment, power shovels, pile drivers, and other heavy equipment.

Duties May Include

Heavy equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:

Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, loaders and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities;

Operate bulldozers or other heavy equipment to clear brush and stumps prior to logging activities and to build roads at logging and surface mining sites;

Operate heavy equipment with pile driver head to drive piling into earth to provide support for buildings, bridges or other structures;

Operate heavy dredging equipment to deepen waterways or reclaim earth fill;

Operate heavy paving and surfacing equipment to lay, spread or compact concrete, asphalt and other surface materials during highway and road construction;

Operate power shovels to excavate rock, ore or other materials from open-pit mines, strip mines, quarries or construction pits;

Operate heavy equipment to move, load and unload cargo;

Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment and clean, lubricate and refill equipment.

Examples of Titles

Backhoe Operator
Bulldozer Operator
Excavator Operator
Gradall Operator
Grader Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Loader Operator
Side Boom Tractor Operator

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Motive Power Technician Diploma
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Motive Power - Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Diploma; Online
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Red Deer Polytechnic
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Heavy Equipment Technician Certificate; Apprenticeship
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Cambrian College
Sudbury, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma; Co-op; Apprenticeship
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Modified on January 26, 2022