Heavy Equipment Operators (Tractor Loader Backhoe / Excavator / Dozer)

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Certificate of Qualification 636A (Tractor Loader Backhoe), 636B (Excavator), 636C (Dozer)
❝ I am living my dream. My apprenticeship training gave me the skills and knowledge to work safely whether we are building roads, bridges, office towers or hospitals.❞
Heavy Equipment Operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth and other items around a construction site. If you like mighty machines, whether it’s a dozer, backhoe/loader or excavator, this is the career for you!

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Communication, reading, numeracy & problem-solving skills

  • Ability to operate large machinery

  • Ability to read prints, plans and grade

  • Ability to calculate basic cuts and fills

  • Good judgment

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma

  • Driver’s licence

Apprenticeship Program

Each heavy equipment operator occupation is a separate 2,000 - 2,500 hour apprenticeship which includes 240 hours of in-school training. You will attend your in-school training at OETIO in Morrisburg, Ontario and will be placed with employers to receive your on-the-job training.


  • Operate heavy equipment to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials

  • Operate computer-controlled equipment & hydraulic pumping systems

  • Conduct pre-operational checks & perform minor repairs on equipment Inspect and clean equipment

  • Operate two-way radios & other communication equipment

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Did you know?

Some heavy equipment operators work with several different types of equipment, while others choose to specialize. Patience and alertness are important in this career as sitting in vehicles for extended periods of time is common.


International Union of Operating Engineers