Heavy equipment operators run heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures.
Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, loaders and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities
Operate computer-controlled equipment and hydraulic pumping systems
Conduct pre-operational checks & perform minor repairs on equipment
Inspect, clean and lubricate equipment
Secure special attachments to equipment
Operate two-way radios and other communication equipment
What You’ll Need
■ Minimum valid class 5 driver’s licence ■ At least 18 years of age ■ Physically fit ■ Passed assessment ■ Construction experience preferred
Operating Engineers Training Institute of Manitoba Inc. (OETIM) offers an Entry Level 240-hour Heavy Equipment Operator Course (80 hours theory, 160 hours practical). OETIM has been a leader in heavy equipment operator training since 1986. It is recognized by the federal government as an Education Facility. Curriculum meets provincial standards.
Key Skills & Attributes
(technical training and on the job)
Good communication skills, reading, numeracy and problem-solving
Ability to operate large machinery
Ability to calculate basic cuts and fills
Ability to read prints, plans and grade
Good understanding of basic principles of soil compaction and proper drainage
Some heavy equipment operators work with several different types of equipment, while others choose to specialize. Patience and alertness are important in this career as sitting in vehicles for extended periods of time is common.
Crane operators work on cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects. They can work at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines or other similar locations. There are three main types of cranes (boom trucks, mobile cranes and tower cranes) and various other types one can specialize in.
Operate cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
Inspect cranes and calculate capacities and weight
Labourers use diverse skills in a variety of construction activities, including preparing construction sites, moving equipment and materials, installing water and sewer lines, operating hand tools, often working with concrete, and cleaning up finished sites. They are essential in assisting many other trades on site.
Perform various duties involving lifting, carrying tool use and machinery management
Install and remove scaffolding, ramps and barricades at construction site
Sprinklerfitters build, install, inspect, maintain and repair sprinkler systems on industrial, commercial and residential sites. They can be self-employed or work with construction firms, plumbing contractors, heating and air conditioning companies, building developers or sprinkler system contractors.
Build and install products such as eavestroughs, air and heat ducts, roof decking and sheet metal buildings
Steamfitters/pipefitters build, assemble, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Because of this, much of their work is industrial. They work indoors or outdoors, and the job can be physically demanding.
Install supports, valves, piping and control systems
Measure, cut, thread, bend and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings