Heavy Equipment Operator


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Note: If you are interested in this program, please email info@parklandcollege.sk.ca to have your name placed on a waiting list. We will contact you when the next HEO program date and location is determined.

Participants will receive a certificate for training in the operation of two pieces of heavy equipment (to be determined). Examples of equipment are backhoe/trackhoe, motor grader, dozer/crawler, tractor, and loader.

Safety ticket training may include Power Mobile Equipment, H2S Alive, Ground Disturbance and First Aid/CPR “A”.

Why Parkland College?

    • Parkland College has developed strong ties to the businesses, industries and community it serves.
    • Many businesses in the area provide practicum opportunities and actively recruit our grads because they know they are educated to their own recommended standards.

Tuition & Course Info

If you would enjoy operating heavy equipment in the construction industry, pipeline and oil patches, forestry industry, or rural and urban municipalities, the Heavy Equipment Operator Program is your answer.

Tuition: Approx. $8,500
Date: TBD
Length: 1 week safety Training, 5 weeks Heavy Equipment Operation
Location: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Screening: TBD

*Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.*

Required Materials

Materials Required:

Clothing and footwear are the responsibility of the participants and include the following:

  • Hard hat
  • Steel-toed boots (above ankle)
  • Coveralls
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Reflective safety vest

H2S (hydrogen sulfide) gas is colourless, heavier than air, and extremely toxic. It is a naturally occurring gas found in a variety of geological formations. It is also formed by the natural decomposition of organic materials in the absence of oxygen. It is encountered in a variety of industrial processes, including sewage and waste water treatment facilities, and the production and refining of petroleum, pulp and paper, metals, sulfur compounds and heavy water. It may also be referred to as sour gas, acid gas, stink damp, or sulphuretted hydrogen. This one-day course will explain why hydrogen sulfide is referred to as a silent killer. Hazards, testing methods and equipment, breathing apparatus, and resuscitation techniques are covered in this course.
A ground disturbance is defined differently depending on whether powered mechanical equipment or hand equipment is being used to perform the ground disturbance. A ground disturbance is defined as any work, operation or activity that results in the penetration of the ground at ANY depth for powered mechanical equipment; penetration of the ground to a depth GREATER THAN 300 MILLIMETRES for hand equipment.
First Aid is the emergency help given to an injured or suddenly ill person using readily available materials. CPR stands for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, which provides artificial respiration and chest compression for a person without vital signs.
PME Generic training is based on safe operations under OH&S legislation and regulations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment operating heavy equipment in the construction industry, pipeline and oil patches, forestry industry, or rural and urban municipalities.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Grade 10 academic standing – transcripts required
  • Mandatory alcohol and drug screening (attendance required April 24, 2019) – negative screening required to be considered for acceptance
  • Physical suitability
  • English Language requirement
  • Valid driver’s licence must be copied and submitted with application
NOTE: Valid driver’s licence must be copied and submitted with application



Last Updated: November 16, 2020