Heavy Equipment Operator
- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
About the Program
Students are registered as apprentices at the beginning of the program to a consortium of local employers and will complete three different in-school apprenticeship training components in tractor loader backhoe, dozer and excavator. 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 such as mathematics, computer applications and communications. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to operate 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.
Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Guelph - August/2014 (Closed) - Fall | Winter
First-Year Capacity: 40
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.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or GED, or equivalent
- 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
- 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 cutoffs apply.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to program fee chart for information.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to international program fee chart for information.
*Books and supplies are additional.
*Apprenticeship classroom fees, apprenticeship registration fees and related costs are additional.
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 Aid/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.
72% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $42,585.
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.
For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.
- Operate heavy equipment safely.
- Maintain earthmoving equipment.
- Apply basic survey techniques to interpret grade elevation.
- Operate various pieces of earth moving equipment on a work site in a correct 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.
Apply NowDomestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
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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.