Heavy Equipment Operator

Learn equipment maintenance, system operations, and proper site management. Obtain safety skills and practical training in an industry workplace.


Start Date:
August & September
15 Weeks
Certificate of Accomplishment
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
August 2016 Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
September 2016 Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This is an entry-level program for individuals who want to learn how to safely operate heavy equipment in a variety of industrial settings. The program enables you to enter the workforce with all the safety training required in this field. The theory component is designed to deliver a comprehensive understanding of equipment maintenance, heavy equipment system operations, and proper site management, emphasizing the importance of quality and safety in these areas. The practical component is focused on operating techniques and practices and is conducted in an actual construction site atmosphere. The practical component includes the operation of a minimum of four pieces of equipment, including excavators, backhoes, front-end loaders, and bulldozers. The program concludes with a work term where you complete your training in an industry workplace.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in an environment that is consistent with industry standards and builds the skills you need to meet the demands of employers.

Employment Opportunities

  • Heavy construction workers are in demand across the country and abroad. Their services are required for everything from road and bridge construction, back hoe operation, bulldozing, loading and grading, dredging and heavy paving, to excavating and much, much more. This is a good career opportunity for a reliable and responsible individual with a strong work ethic.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Start dates and locations for this program are determined according to industry demand.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
HEOP 7001   Professional Development
HEOP 7002   Industrial Safety
HEOP 7006   System Theory
HEOP 7007   Operations Theory
HEOP 7008   Operations Practical
HEOP 7009   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Forklift Awareness
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Safe Trenching Awareness
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Next Steps

  1. Visit NSCC

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  2. Application Process

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