Heavy Equipment Operator - Tractor Loader Backhoe (Apprenticeship)
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the Program
The Heavy Equipment Operator - Tractor Loader Backhoe program is designed to provide the apprentice with the in-school theoretical and practical training in heavy equipment operation and complement the "on-the-job" training provided by the employer. The apprentice will complete 90 hours of in-school training with the remaining 150 hours at an actual work site.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Length: 240-hour Certificate program
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (M.T.C.U) and may be required to be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Trades.
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed or expect to be employed.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Tuition & Fees
Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
*Books and parking fees are additional.
*Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
*You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Job opportunities in the field include working for construction companies, counties or municipalities.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pre-Certification of Qualification
If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on eligibility criteria or to arrange to speak to an Apprenticeship Training Consultant, contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.
Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/testing/exemption.jsp
- Describe and demonstrate the proper use of personal safety equipment, mounting procedures, safe operating practices and communication methods. Interpret site plan information and government legislation.
- Describe the fundamentals of earthmoving; rigging principles and procedures for loading equipment.
- Describe and demonstrate pre-operation inspections for all major systems and components.
- Describe and demonstrate basic preventive maintenance procedures on the major components including lubrication procedures and proper documentation.
- Demonstrate the ability to safely operate the equipment commencing with start-up procedures, site planning, installing attachments and testing the equipment through to actual operation and finishing with final shutdown.
- Demonstrate the ability to safely transport the equipment on the transporter beginning with the necessary preparations, loading and securing, transporting and unloading.
Registration occurs after an employer is found. At that time the employer or apprentice may call the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office to request registration and have a contract prepared. Once you are a registered apprentice and have received your Offer of Classroom Training Form, classroom training fees apply. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP. You may also view the apprenticeship website at: www.apprenticesearch.com
For more information, call the Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.