Short Term Programs
Heavy Equipment Operator
Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work.
There are some big vehicles out there, and they all need trained operators to help make sure everyone around them is safe and the job gets done. This introductory program provides training in the operation of heavy equipment, routine maintenance of machinery, and practical field operations of excavating, land clearing, grading, and road building, as well as safe-operating techniques specific to each machine.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence
Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs.
In this 10 week program, students can expect to be in classes for 30 hours/week.
20% In-class instruction
80% Hands-on training.
Additional at home independent learning is not necessary, but it’s not a bad idea either.
Tuition and Fees
Dependent on location.
Students can expect to pay little to no fees depending on location and circumstances involved in training. (sponsors, LFD)
HEOS 100 Safety Certification
HEOO 110 HEO Fundamentals
HEOC 120 Crawler Operation
HEOL 130 Loader Operation
HEOM 140 Motor Scraper Operation
HEOG 150 Grader Operation
HEOX 160 Excavator Operation
HEOH 170 Back-Hoe Operation
HEOB 180 Skid-Steer Operation
HEOR 190 Rock Truck Operation
What to Expect
Students in this course can expect to be at one of our Trade’s Centre’s. We recommend bringing a bagged lunch as eating out can be expensive if done every day. Transportation to the Trades Centre’s depends on location, for some buses may be available; for those who drive parking might be limited; or, if either aren’t an option, catch a ride with a classmate!
This program can be physically demanding, being in good physical condition is recommended. Students can also expect to receive relevant PPE.
Completion of this program is based on a pass/fail system.
You must attend class regularly and maintain a 90% attendance throughout the program.
The Pipeline Equipment Operator trade level examinations are developed by the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission in co-operation with a committee of worker and employer representatives selected from industry. The pass mark is 70%. Apprentices may challenge this exam only once.
For more information about this trade, click here.
Saskatchewan Wage/Hour (NOC 7521)
After completion of this program graduates are employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling, First Nations communities, private contractors, and other companies.
SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.
English Language Benchmark
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.
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