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Heavy Equipment Operator

Vancouver Island University

Faculty:Trades and Applied Technology
Field of Study:Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Length:12 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $2,218
Careers:Crane OperatorsCrane Operators, Drillers and BlastersHeavy Equipment Operators


Do you want a job operating large machines like bulldozers, graders or excavators? Heavy Equipment Operator training is for those hands-on people who think big and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.

Vancouver Island University's heavy equipment operator school provides the foundation for success in this industry. This program provides intensive, hands-on, real-life training in the operation of heavy equipment, delivered by experienced instructors who will work with you one-on-one to help you succeed. The heavy machine operator training also covers routine maintenance of machinery, and the practical field operations of excavating, land clearing, grading and road building.


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    • Graduation from BC secondary school, or equivalent from another school system,

    • Minimum 17 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

    • Resume and/or personal profile and/or references may be required.

    • Interview may be required.

    • Mathematics and/or reading and/or trades aptitude test may be required.

    • Physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions.

    • Good hand/eye coordination.

    • Good health, free of vision, hearing or respiratory ailments.

    • Valid driver's license will be required for vehicle and equipment operation.

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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