VIU’s Heavy Equipment Operator program provides the skills and training to find rewarding work in the industry. Take your heavy machine operator training at VIU, with hands-on instruction from skilled, experienced instructors.

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Courses

HETC 100T Safe Work Practices

A study of the factors affecting health and safety in the workplace, interpreting and applying Occupational Health & Safety Regulations, interpreting and applying general worksite and employer safety rules, and learning to use personal protective equipment (PPF).

Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

HETC 105T Trade and Equipment Knowledge

A study of the common types of heavy equipment and their respective capabilities, advantages, and limitations.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 110T Employability Skills

The study of general employability skills and human rights, respect in the workplace, and labour relations.

Prerequisite: Admisison to program.

HETC 115T Basic Engineering

The study of engineering and survey terminology, expressions of slopes, and compacting practices and equipment.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 120T Environmental Practices

The study of common environmental issues pertaining to heavy construction/excavating.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 125T Articulated Haul Truck Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient articulated haul truck operation.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 130T Loader Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient loader operation.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 135T Backhoe Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient backhoe operation.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 140T Dozer Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient dozer operation.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 145T Excavator Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient excavator operation.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

HETC 150T Grader Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient grader operation.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

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