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Heavy Equipment Operator

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
0428
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
GU
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

The objective of the Heavy Equipment Operator program is to provide the student with a combination of training in core heavy equipment operator skills as well as trade-related skills in mathematics, computer applications, communications, and surveying. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to operate several types of heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner, perform pre-op inspections and preventative maintenance, install attachments, load and unload equipment, and read and interpret legislation, site plans, and manufacturer manuals. In addition, graduates will have developed safe working practices in the use of machinery, tools, and equipment and will be able to apply basic communication, documentation, information technology, and computer skills to support a heavy construction environment. Graduates will be well prepared for success as they enter employment into the heavy construction industry.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Guelph - September/2015 (Closed) - Fall | Winter
Location: Guelph
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 40

Note:

Physical Requirements

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. This will require long periods of concentration and focus. 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.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will have developed safe working practices in the use of machinery, tools, and equipment and will be able to apply basic communication, documentation, information technology, and computer skills to support a heavy construction environment. Graduates will be well prepared for success as they enter employment in the heavy construction industry.

96% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $45,163.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
MOTV1300 Introduction & Safety

Description: The student will be given an overview of Heavy Equipment operation and safety including personal protective equipment, safe operating practices, hand signals, basic rigging, loading of equipment and relevant legislation.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1535 Pre-Operation Inspection and Maintenance Tractor-Loader-Backhoe

Description: Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of recommended procedures/processes for pre-operations inspection (circle check) on the Tractor Loader Backhoe. The student will be given of overview of basic maintenance procedures including researching and selecting fluids, proper lubrication procedures and the completion of log sheets and reports.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1555 Operate Tractor Loader Backhoe

Description: This hands-on course will teach the student to safely perform start-up procedures, site planning and setup, install attachments and test equipment operation. The student will perform excavating and trenching operations, grading, loading, ramp building, stockpiling and backfilling operations. The student will also be required to perform hoisting and shuttling operation and equipment shutdown.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1575 Heavy Construction Techniques I

Description: This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to start up, shut down and operate common construction power equipment such as skid steers, compaction equipment, power cutting saws and the TLB to safely perform such operations as compacting disturbed material, backfilling trenches, stacking pallets, cutting of materials, hoisting and locating utilities. Students will work in a team setting to contribute to an effective and safe work place.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
BUS1100 Business Practice

Description: This course provides students with a basic understanding of business operation and the basic skills and knowledge required to own and operate heavy equipment. Forms of business, financial methods, machine ownership, machine operating costs, and heavy construction economics are covered.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMP1280 Computer Applications

Description: This course will introduce students to the use of word processing and spreadsheet software program, as well as, operating systems and the Web to produce technical documents.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1830 Applied Mathematics

Description: This course is an applications oriented mathematics course in which the student utilizes arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and geometry to solve technically oriented problems. This course is designed to develop a proficiency in mathematics necessary for subsequent courses in the Motive Power trades. The course covers both vocational (job oriented) and generic skills (written, analytical and problem-solving).
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1355 Heavy Construction Safety

Description: Students will review safe working practices, housekeeping, hazard awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, safety legislation and regulations, WHMIS.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1375 Soils

Description: The course introduces the student to soils in relation to the field of heavy construction. Concepts such as engineering geology, soil structure and composition, soil types and properties, and compaction will be explored.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1390 Environmental Practices

Description: Environmental practices and procedures are covered as they relate to the field of heavy construction. Relevant legislation, policies and ethical considerations are reviewed.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1565 Basics of Heavy Equipment and Field Repair

Description: The student will be given an overview of Heavy Equipment systems, and operating controls. The basic function and usage of trade related hand tools, and GPS technology as well as a basic understanding of diesel and hydraulic operations in an applicable trade format will be covered. A major component of this course will deal with advanced preventative maintenance on a variety of heavy construction machines. This course also provides students with the skills and knowledge to field inspect equipment, diagnose breakdowns and determine if the machine can be repaired in the field, and to perform adjustments and field repairs.
Hours: 129
Credits: 9
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SURV1030 Surveying and Site Plans I

Description: This course introduces the student to surveying as performed on a construction site. Students will learn the basics of differential leveling, grade calculations and turning points using level, tape and construction lasers. Students will be introduced to site blueprints and learn how to interpret features, elevations and specifications.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
MOTV1585 Pre-Operation Inspection and Maintenance Dozer and Excavator

Description: Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of recommended procedures/processes for pre-operations inspection (circle check) on Dozers and Excavators. The student will be given of overview of basic maintenance procedures including researching and selecting fluids, proper lubrication procedures, undercarriage care and adjustment and the completion of log sheets and reports.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1595 Heavy Construction Techniques II

Description: This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to apply their training on heavy construction equipment to safely perform such operations as hoisting manholes, locating utilities, use of 2D equipment control bulldozer systems, cutting of materials and truck loading using compact equipment. Students will work in team setting to contribute to an effective and safe work place.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: MOTV1575
CoRequisites:

MOTV1605 Operate Excavator

Description: This hands-on course will teach the student to safely perform start-up procedures, site planning and setup, install attachments and test equipment operation. The student will perform excavating and trenching operations, grading, loading, ramp building, stockpiling and backfilling operations. The student will also be required to perform hoisting operations and equipment shutdown.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MOTV1615 Operate Dozer

Description: This hands-on course will teach the student to safety perform start-up procedures, site planning and setup, install attachments and test equipment operation. The student will perform excavating operations, grading, loading, ramp building, stockpiling and backfilling and towing operations. The student will also be required to perform equipment shutdown.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SURV1040 Surveying and Site Plans II

Description: This course provides students with a working knowledge of layout as performed on construction sites. The student will perform tasks such as calculating material removal, fills, stake marking and grid layout. The student will work with blueprints to confirm measurements, elevations and bench marks. Students will learn to calculate slope percentages, distances and elevation changes.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: SURV1030
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Consortia

The College appoints Program Advisory Consortia members for apprenticeship programs. The committee acts as a sponsor group to register student apprentices in some of the programs they oversee. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Consortia.

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Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Guelph Closed
** Status applicable to domestic students

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