Heavy equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. 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
B. Operate bulldozers or other heavy equipment to clear brush and stumps prior to logging activities and to build roads at logging and surface mining sites
C. Operate heavy equipment with pile driver head to drive piling into earth to provide support for buildings, bridges or other structures
D. Operate heavy dredging equipment to deepen waterways or reclaim earth fill
E. Operate heavy paving and surfacing equipment to lay, spread or compact concrete, asphalt and other surface materials during highway and road construction
F. Operate power shovels to excavate rock, ore or other materials from open-pit mines, strip mines, quarries or construction pits
G. Operate heavy equipment to move, load and unload cargo
1. Construction - 54.0%
2. Mining (except oil and gas) - 8.0%
3. Transportation and warehousing - 6.0%
4. Public administration - 4.0%
5. Farms - 3.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
7. Wood product manufacturing - 3.0%
1. Some secondary school education is required.
2. Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program or Some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training are required.
3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories.
4. Internal company certification may be required by some employers.
5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.
4. Machine Shop
The average hourly wages for Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) is $18.94/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.