Short Term Programs

Heavy Equipment Operator


Career Description

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.

Program Description

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


Academic Requirements

Not Applicable

Non-Academic Requirements

Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence

Industry Requirements

Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs.

Delivery Method

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.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of this program is based on a pass/fail system. 

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain a 90% attendance throughout the program.

Apprenticeship Requirements

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.

Career Posibilities

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.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

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