Heavy Equipment Operation
We’ll get you in the driver’s seat.
Our ITA-certified HEO training is all you need to obtain a rewarding, high-paying career.
Choose from the following careers:
Heavy Duty Mechanic
|Articulated Haul Truck Operator
Tractor Back-Hoe Operator
Or transfer your skills to operate the heavy equipment of your choice.
Heavy Equipment Careers for Aboriginals
There are good paying jobs available in the Heavy Equipment industry for Aboriginal workers and our training will get you there. Our Heavy Equipment Operator Program is Industry Training Authority (ITA) designated and developed according to Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association Guidelines. Courses are offered at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, including the ground-breaking Aboriginal-industry partnership at the Tsawwassen Gateway Skills Centre. You will receive real seat time and quickly accumulate your hours for machine endorsements.
Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program
Our ITA designated 6-week Foundation program will teach you the skills that employers are looking for. You will learn how the heavy equipment industry works and get an inside perspective of what’s expected, what you can offer, and what it takes to make it and get a good paying job; become safety certified, making you more attractive to employers and increasing your wages; learn how to connect with employers through job searchers, placement and referrals. We provide the initial assessments, screening, safety and essential skills training as well as gear to get you into an apprenticeship as soon as possible.
Our HEO Foundation program is the first step in your training as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Upon successful completion of the Foundation program you will begin the four week HEO technical training. The HEO program provides preparation from instructors with over 25 years industry experience to Heavy Equipment Operators who are pursuing a certificate of qualification in the operation of one or more types of heavy equipment used in road building and heavy construction.
This technical training builds on the prerequisite Foundations program and features a combination of classroom theory and plenty of seat time—giving you the necessary skills to be hired on the spot or further prepare you for other opportunities for training in the field.
Our HEO training offers groundbreaking opportunities: all skills are fully industry transferrable, opening up paths to civil projects, forestry, oil production, demolition, construction… if you can drive it, we can put you there.
HEO Training Survey
The Aboriginal Skills Group in partnership with ITA Aboriginal program and Tsawwassen Gateway Skills Centre will launch a new HEO certification program from 2012-2015 to be located at the Tsawwassen First Nation, Delta, British Columbia. Course schedules will be determined by market demand. All new applicants will also complete an Essential Skills 3G assessment.
If you have any questions please contact Hanna Socol at the Tsawwassen Gateway Skills Center at 604-948-2181
Currently, HEO Certification is a three part process in British Columbia:
1. BC Roadbuilders Foundations Program (3 weeks)
2. ITA HEO Technical Training on Machines (4 weeks)
3. Apprenticeship on Machines (200–400 hrs, 4–8 weeks)
To be eligible for ITA HEO technical training you must complete the foundations course and be registered as an HEO apprentice with the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia.