Heavy Equipment Operators

(NOC 7421)


In general, you usually need some high school education.

To be a heavy equipment operator, you need a one-to two-year apprenticeship or some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training.

Heavy equipment operators require trade certification in Quebec. It is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories. You may require company certification at your place of employment.

To be a public works maintenance equipment operator, you usually need experience as a public works labourer. You usually get on-the-job training and may require a driver's licence appropriate to the equipment you are driving.

With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.

Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 1 in 5 has a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma.

Degrees Associated with This Career

High School Diploma

Useful Experience/Skills

Working outdoors
Safety procedures

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Machine Shop

Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Motive Power Technician Diploma
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Motive Power - Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Diploma; Online
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Motive Power Technician Diploma; Co-op
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Red Deer College
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Heavy Equipment Technician Certificate; Apprenticeship
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Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Motive Power Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment Diploma
Motive Power Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment Diploma; Co-op
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Modified on May 19, 2012