Heavy Equipment Operators operate heavy machinery such as articulating haul trucks, loaders, excavators, backhoes, dozers, graders, rollers, and skid steers. These machines are universally used for all heavy construction, including earthmoving, road building, mining, and forestry. Operators are responsible for safe equipment operations, basic equipment maintenance, the application of markers, grades and stakes, and the heavy equipment GPS guiding systems.


  • Safe operation of haul trucks, loaders, dozers, excavators, graders, and other heavy equipment
  • Operate heavy paving equipment safely for building roads
  • Perform preliminary and post-operational checks, clean, lubricate, and refuel equipment; and perform daily maintenance

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Successful completion of online Trades Assessment.

Apprenticeship Program: The IUOE Local 115 Training Association (IUOETA) is a designated training provider by the Industry Training Authority and specializes in offering training and apprenticeships in the Mobile Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator and Asphalt Paving/Laydown Technician programs. The IUOETA also sponsors apprentices as Heavy Duty Mechanics, Commercial Transport Mechanics, Plant Operator, Hoist Mechanics and Welder programs.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication, numeracy, reading & problem-solving skills
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination & depth perception
  • Good concentration and stamina
  • Mechanical aptitude & manual dexterity
  • A safety conscious attitude
  • Ability to work outdoors & at heights
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Trade Card Info Sheets

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Hourly Pay

$28 – $60/hr

Projected Growth


10% over the decade
compared to 2020*

*BuildForce Canada

You are a team player.

You have a strong work ethic.

You are reliable and have a good attitude.

Did You Know?

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 represents over 12,500 members in B.C. and the Yukon and has helped each of its members build better futures for themselves and their families.