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Heavy Equipment Operator

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
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 inmathematics, 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 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Location: Guelph
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 40


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

Tuition: 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:

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.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
MOTV1300 Introduction & Safety
MOTV1535 Pre-Operation Inspection and Maintenance Tractor-Loader-Backhoe
MOTV1555 Operate Tractor Loader Backhoe
Level Two
BUS1100 Business Practice
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
COMP1280 Computer Applications
MATH1830 Applied Mathematics
MOTV1355 Heavy Construction Safety
MOTV1375 Soils
MOTV1390 Environmental Practices
MOTV1565 Basics of Heavy Equipment and Field Repair
MOTV1575 Heavy Construction Techniques I
SURV1030 Surveying and Site Plans I
Level Three
MOTV1585 Pre-Operation Inspection and Maintenance Dozer and Excavator
MOTV1595 Heavy Construction Techniques II
MOTV1605 Operate Excavator
MOTV1615 Operate Dozer
SURV1040 Surveying and Site Plans II

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.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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 Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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