Certificate of Successful Completion in Heavy Equipment Operator
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.
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.
"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."
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
Functional Abilities and Limitations Requirements
It is mandatory that each student has a Functional Abilities and Limitations form completed by their Health Service Provider and returned to the program coordinator four weeks before the program start date. Any restrictions noted on the form will not necessarily prevent the student from attending the program but will be dealt with on an individual basis as to any reasonable accommodations that may allow the student to safely operate the equipment for the program.
You will be sitting for extensive periods of time on vibrating and/or bouncing machinery, and occasionally lifting and carrying items up to about 50 lbs/22.5 kg. You will be subject to lengthy periods of physical restriction and isolation, time pressures, productivity requirements, physical discomfort and inclement weather conditions, and should consider your suitability to withstand these conditions in preparation for employment in this career.
Employers often request drug and alcohol screening tests.
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.
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.
Minimum Admission Requirements
- OSSD with the majority of credits at the Workplace (E) level, including English.
When Workplace (E) is the minimum course level for admission, (C) and (U/C) courses are also accepted.
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.
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.