Heavy Equipment Operator

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences
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March 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Certificate of Successful Completion ( 1 semester )
Classes begin:
March 23, 2020
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
HEO
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$11,218.65 per semester*
International:
$17,268.36 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

June 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Certificate of Successful Completion ( 1 semester )
Classes begin:
June 29, 2020
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
HEO
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$11,218.65 per semester*
International:
$17,268.36 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

October 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Certificate of Successful Completion ( 1 semester )
Classes begin:
October 05, 2020
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
HEO
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time
Complete tuition detail below

Prepare for an exciting, demanding career as a heavy equipment operator. Our reputation in this field and the hands-on experience you will obtain will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Program Highlights

In this 12-week program you will learn about the operation and preventative maintenance of heavy construction equipment. The Heavy Equipment Operator program is all about hands-on learning. You'll develop the skills you need using bulldozers, rubber-tired loaders, tractor loader backhoes, hydraulic excavators, rock trucks and various other construction site equipment. What you will learn in the classroom will focus on the essentials to help you master your operating skills. Courses include personal, work site and equipment safety, earthmoving technology, equipment maintenance, and heavy equipment operating techniques.

Are You an Employer?

Funding to train your employees may be available through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. Train your employees at one-third of the cost.

Success Stories

"I grew up around heavy equipment and I've always been interested in it. My Dad is in the construction business and he suggested I take the Heavy Equipment Operator program. I'm glad I did. I learned a lot and the focus on worksite and equipment safety really made me aware of how important it is to work safely. When I graduated, I was hired by Fleming College to work in the program in a support role, doing simulator training and assisting with field operations."

Evan Fudge,
Heavy Equipment Operator graduate from Cambray (City of Kawartha Lakes), Ontario.

Why Choose Fleming

You'll want to choose Fleming for this program because of our strong ties to the industry - and dedicated corporate partners.

  • The Centre for Heavy Equipment Technology at Fleming College is the only one of its kind. We're sponsored by the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors (CAED), Ontario Chapter - with its 200 member companies who sell, service, and use heavy equipment.
  • We are known for our up-to-date equipment, quality programs, evaluation to meet industry training standards, and skilled, knowledgeable instructors.

Is this You?

If you want to operate heavy equipment - and have a responsible, safety-conscious attitude you're on the right track. Attributes required to be an operator include:

  • good physical condition
  • a high degree of physical coordination, full range of body motion
  • correctable hearing and vision to an acceptable range
  • manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand and foot coordination
  • mechanical aptitude
  • communication skills
  • computer skills
  • problem-solving ability
  • self-discipline; ability to work independently
  • willingness/ability to work as part of a team
  • ability to sit for prolonged periods of time

If you require an accommodation to participate in the program, it is your responsibility to contact the Accessible Education Services and meet with a Counsellor, contact Counselling Reception at disabilities@flemingcollege.ca or at extension 1527.

Please note due to the safety-sensitive nature of the program, there are some disabilities that may not be able to be accommodated, consistent with the standards used by the Ministry of Transportation (e.g. you are medically unfit to drive due to a neurological condition, physical disability, or cognitive impairment).

Safety-Sensitive Environment

Operating heavy equipment requires a high level of attention and presence of mind. Due to the highly safety-sensitive environment our students are in, and to ensure the safety of all members of the program, anyone found to be under the influence of a drug, prescription or otherwise, that precludes them from operating or interferes with their ability to operate heavy equipment safely, may be permanently removed from the program after review of the incident by the Program Coordinator and the Academic Chair.

Career Opportunities

When you've completed this program, you'll be able to work on construction work sites, quarries, in waste management or for municipalities. Your starting wage will be approximately $16.00 per hour and increase from there.

Start-up Information

All students entering the Heavy Equipment Operator program are required to purchase safety equipment for use in our labs and working field. We ask that you acquire the equipment needed for the program prior to start-up. Download the information package below for further detail.

Additional Costs

Three textbooks are required and are available for purchase at our Frost Campus Bookstore.

Not yet sure about what you'll take in terms of post-secondary education or training? Take a look at the Heavy Equipment Techniques Co-op, Resources Drilling and Blasting or Electrical Power Generation Technician Co-op programs.

For information on additional training available upon graduation from this program, contact Fleming's Centre for Heavy Equipment Technology at 705-324-9144 or 866-353-6464 ext. 3611.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Heavy Equipment Operator must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD with majority of credits at the Workplace (E) level including Gr 12 (E)English

Where Workplace level courses are listed, C, U and M courses will be accepted.

For programs requiring a majority of credits at the Workplace level, OLC4O will be counted as an acceptable English course.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Tuition Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

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