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Heavy Equipment Operator - Dozer (Apprenticeship)

Program Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

This single-level, 240-hour program, combines the theoretical knowledge of the heavy equipment operator - dozer trade with practical skills to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 240-hour Certificate program
Location: Guelph
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements


What is Apprenticeship?

For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.

Tuition & Fees

Fees are set by MAESD as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduate Opportunities

Heavy equipment operators - dozer move, spread, and strip earth, rock, gravel or other materials and work for construction companies, counties or municipalities.

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.

Exemption Testing

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:

Program Courses

Course Details (0429)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
MOTV1100 Introduction and Safety

Description: The course will teach the student to describe and demonstrate the proper use of personal protective equipment, safe operating practices and safe communication methods. Students will also be instructed on the fundamentals of earthmoving, site plan drawings and government legislation. Students will be required to describe basic rigging principles and procedures for loading equipment and attachments onto a transporter.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2

MOTV1110 Pre-Operation Inspection

Description: The student will acquire the ability to describe and demonstrate and inspection procedures/processes for the following systems and their components - cooling, engine lubrication, electrical, drive train, hydraulic, suspension, cab and load bearing structure.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

MOTV1120 General Preventative Maintenance

Description: This course will ensure that students can demonstrate basic maintenance procedures on the operator station area, the front and rear steering, drives, buckets and attachments. Maintenance will also include the proper selection and use of lubricants. The student will develop, complete and maintain log sheets and develop and demonstrate a complete circle check on the equipment.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1

MOTV1200 Transporting Dozer

Description: This course will teach the student to safely prepare, load, secure and unload equipment and attachments using a transporter and to actually transport a Dozer.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1

MOTV1220 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: 150
Credits: 8

Program Objectives


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.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


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