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Exploring a Career as a Heavy Equipment Operator

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: May 11, 2021 Category: Blog

Heavy Equipment Operators control large equipment that allows for the construction of structures. As a result, this rewarding career is responsible for many buildings, bridges, roads, and other structures we use in daily life. Continue reading to learn more about working as a Heavy Equipment Operator.

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What does a Heavy Equipment Operator do?

This career is perfect for individuals who have an interest in operating machinery to perform tasks. Above all, heavy equipment is used throughout the construction and maintenance process. For example, heavy equipment includes:

  • Bulldozer
  • Excavator
  • Surface mining equipment
  • Loader
  • Backhoe

Considerations for this Career

There are a few things to consider before deciding to start your career as a Heavy Equipment Operator. For instance, examine your strengths, weakness, and how they affect your work. As a Heavy Equipment Operator, you will be responsible for operating large machinery. In addition, you are likely to work many hours outdoors on a construction site. Furthermore, communication and teamwork are important traits that are required to get the job done quickly and safely. Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering this career.

Do you:

  • like using machinery and working with your hands?
  • have the mental and physical stamina required for a career in construction?
  • have good vision, coordination, and quick reflexes?
  • work well with other people?
  • have a safety-first mindset?

Training and Certification

Depending on your province, you may require trade certification to work as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Trade certification is mandatory in Quebec. Moreover, certification is voluntary in Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Even if your province does not require certification, it is beneficial to pursue additional training. Formal training can be obtained through an accredited college. Alternatively, you could also find work at a construction company and gain experience as a basic labourer before moving on to operating heavy equipment.

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