Heavy Equipment Operator
- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2015 / 2016
About the ProgramThe 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 in the heavy construction industry.
This program and fees are under review and subject to change.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
First-Year Capacity: 40
Note:Physical Requirements: Applicants should be aware that employment in this field requires 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 requires long periods of concentration and focus. Heavy equipment operators can be subject to lengthy periods of physical restriction and isolation, time pressures, productivity requirements, physical discomfort and inclement weather conditions. Applicants are advised to consider their suitability to withstand these conditions in preparation for employment in this career.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M (U/C) or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Trades (MATH1420)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- English and/or Mathematics testing may be required.
- Applicants are strongly advised to attend a Program Information Session to confirm program choice
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of the academic strength.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cut-offs apply.
Tuition & FeesFees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe 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 OpportunitiesGraduates 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.
91% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $55,538.
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 TransferConestoga 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|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.
|MOTV1535||Maintenance Tractor-Loader-Backhoe and Compact Equipment
Description: Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of recommended procedures/processes for pre-operations inspection (circle check) on the Tractor Loader Backhoe and compact equipment. 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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
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.
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).
|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.
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.
Description: Environmental practices and procedures are covered as they relate to the field of heavy construction. Relevant legislation, policies and ethical considerations are reviewed.
|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.
|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.
|MOTV1585||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.
|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.
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.
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.
|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.
- Operate heavy equipment safely.
- Maintain heavy equipment.
- Apply basic survey techniques to interpret grade elevation.
- Operate various pieces of earth moving equipment on a work site in a competent manner.
- Work in a team environment and interact with others in ways that contribute to an effective and safe work place.
- Complete all work in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Prepare logs, records, and documentation to appropriate standards.
- Apply basic business practices appropriate to the heavy construction industry.
- Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations; and in accordance with ethical principles.
Program Advisory ConsortiaThe 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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