Heavy Equipment Operator

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


Start Date:
15 Weeks
Certificate of Accomplishment
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Waitlist 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 4 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.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Cool Activity"Learn how to safely operate excavators, backhoes, front-end loaders and bulldozers."
  2. Highlight"Get the skills needed to work on the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports and utilities, and other major structures."
  3. Why Take It"Employers include construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, mining, oil, and other industries."

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, 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

  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades & Technology programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Trades & Technology Preparation Checklist (23KB)

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition. 2015-2016 Fees are not finalized. Sign-up for Fees Notification and we'll let you know by email as soon as the fees are finalized (including approved tuition and additional program costs). To help with your planning, use the 2014-2015 Program Fees as a reference to provide an estimate of program costs.
  • 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. Application Process

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