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Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator

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

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Start Date:
15 Weeks
College Certificate
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available

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.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

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.

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 participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
HEOP 7003   Industrial Safety and Job Readiness
HEOP 7006   Systems 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
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1250   Trenching Hazard Awareness
SAFE 1270   Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Additional Graduation Requirements

Forklift Awareness
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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