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.

Road Building and Heavy Construction Equipment Operator Courses

RBCB 120T Orientation to Operator's Manual

Using the operator's manual to identify safe machine operation, pre-start/shutdown, and general operation and maintenance. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 120T or RBCB 120T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 125T Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown

Theory and practice of walk-around procedures and checks; pre-start inspection and shutdown procedures. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 125T or RBCB 125T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 130T Operating Controls

Theory and practice of machine operating controls. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 130T or RBCB 130T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 135T Load and Unload Machine

Theory and practice of loading and unloading the machine from a transportation vehicle. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 135T or RBCB 135T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 165T Trench and Backfill

Theory and practice of trenching and backfilling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 165T or RBCB 165T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 166T V-Trench and Backfill

Theory and practice of V-trenching and backfilling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 166T or RBCB 166T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 167T Excavate Septic System and Backfill

Theory and practice of excavating and backfilling a septic system. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 167T or RBCB 167T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 168T Load Truck

Theory and practice of loading trucks. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 168T or RBCB 168T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 169T Clean Out Ditches

Theory and practice of cleaning ditches. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 169T or RBCB 169T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 170T Trim and Fill Slope

Theory and practice of trimming and filling a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 170T or RBCB 170T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 171T Trim and Cut Slope

Theory and practice of trimming and cutting a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 171T or RBCB 171T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 172T Excavate Under-Buried Pipe

Theory and practice of excavating under-buried pipe. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 172T or RBCB 172T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 173T Culvert Installation

Theory and practice of installing culverts. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 173T or RBCB 173T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 174T Culvert Removal

Theory and practice of removing culverts. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 174T or RBCB 174T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCB 175T Place Rip Rap

Theory and practice of placing rip rap (rock). Credit will only be granted for one of HEOB 175T or RBCB 175T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 120T Orientation to Operator's Manual

Using the operator's manual to identify safe machine operation, pre-start/shutdown, and general operation and maintenance. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 120T or RBCD 120T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 125T Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown

Theory and practice of walk-around procedures and checks; pre-start inspection and shutdown procedures. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 125T or RBCD 125T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 130T Operating Controls

Theory and practice of machine operating controls. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 130T or RBCD 130T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 135T Load and Unload Machine

Theory and practice of loading and unloading the machine from a transportation vehicle. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 135T or RBCD 135T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 140T Trench and Backfill

Theory and practice of trenching and backfilling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 140T or RBCD 140T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 141T V-Trench and Backfill

Theory and practice of V-trenching and backfilling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 141T or RBCD 141T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 142T Road Building

Theory and practice of building a road. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 142T or RBCD 142T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 143T Load Truck

Theory and practice of loading trucks. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 143T or RBCD 143T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 144T Clean Out Ditches

Theory and practice of cleaning ditches. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 144T or RBCD 144T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 145T Trim and Fill Slope

Theory and practice of trimming and filling a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 145T or RBCD 145T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 146T Trim and Cut Slope

Theory and practice of trimming and cutting a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 146T or RBCD 146T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCD 147T Excavate Under-Buried Pipe

Theory and practice of excavating under-buried pipe. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOD 147T or RBCD 147T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 120T Orientation to Operator's Manual

Using the operator's manual to identify safe machine operation, pre-start/shutdown, and general operation and maintenance. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 120T or RBCE 120T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 125T Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown

Theory and practice of walk-around procedures and checks; pre-start inspection and shutdown procedures. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 125T or RBCE 125T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 130T Operating Controls

Theory and practice of machine operating controls. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 130T or RBCE 130T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 135T Load and Unload Machine

Theory and practice of loading and unloading the machine from a transportation vehicle. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 135T or RBCE 135T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 180T Trench and Backfill

Theory and practice of trenching and backfilling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 180T or RBCE 180T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 181T V-Trench and Backfill

Theory and practice of V-trenching and backfilling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 181T or RBCE 181T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 182T Road Building

Theory and practice of building a road. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 182T or RBCE 182T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 183T Load Truck

Theory and practice of loading trucks. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 183T or RBCE 183T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 184T Clean Out Ditches

Theory and practice of cleaning ditches. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 184T or RBCE 184T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 185T Trim and Fill Slope

Theory and practice of trimming and filling a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 185T or RBCE 185T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 186T Trim and Cut Slope

Theory and practice of trimming and cutting a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 186T or RBCE 186T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 187T Excavate Under-Buried Pipe

Theory and practice of excavating under-buried pipe. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 187T or RBCE 187T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 188T Culvert Installation

Theory and practice of installing culverts. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 188T or RBCE 188T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 189T Culvert Removal

Theory and practice of removing culverts. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 189T or RBCE 189T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 190T Land Clearing

Theory and practice of clearing land, stump removal, and grubbing. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 190T or RBCE 190T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 191T Place Rip Rap

Theory and practice of placing rip rap (rock). Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 191T or RBCE 191T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 192T Road Deactivation Rap

Theory and practice of deactivating roads. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 192T or RBCE 192T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 193T Mass Excavation and Backfill

Theory and practice of excavating and backfilling mass excavations. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 193T or RBCE 193T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 194T Strip and Stockpile

Theory and practice of removing overburden and stockpiling material. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 194T or RBCE 194T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCE 195T Hoe Chucking

Theory and practice of hoe chucking. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOE 195T or RBCE 195T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCF 100T Industry Orientation & Overview

A study of the correct terminology used in the road building and heavy construction industry; identifying and classifying machines and processes; learning about careers and expectations in the industry; interpreting and applying health and safety practices; and identifying environmental hazards and applying proper handling, disposal, and protection methods. Credit will only be granted for one of HEFD 100T or RBCF 100T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCF 105T Tools, Equipment Operations & Maintenance

A study of the correct use of tools and equipment used in the road building and heavy construction industry, identifying and classifying machines and processes, and performing checks and maintenance. Credit will only be granted for one of HEFD 105T or RBCF 105T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCF 110T Civil Engineering Principles

The study of general engineering principles related to road building and heavy construction, including surveying, drainage, excavation, descriptions of soils, aggregates, asphalt, and concrete. Credit will only be granted for one of HEFD 110T or RBCF 110T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCF 115T Worksite Preparation

The study of skills related to getting a job, including resume writing, job search and interview skills, and learning the value of communication and positive workplace attitudes. Credit will only be granted for one of HEFD 115T or RBCF 115T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 120T Orientation to Operator's Manual

Using the operator's manual to identify safe machine operation, pre-start/shutdown, and general operation and maintenance. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 120T or RBCG 120T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 125T Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown

Theory and practice of walk-around procedures and checks; pre-start inspection and shutdown procedures. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 125T or RBCG 125T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 130T Operating Controls

Theory and practice of machine operating controls. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 130T or RBCG 130T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 135T Load and Unload Machine

Theory and practice of loading and unloading the machine from a transportation vehicle. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 135T or RBCG 135T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 140T Trim Slopes

Theory and practice of trimming a slope. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 140T or RBCG 140T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 150T Clean Out Ditches

Theory and practice of cleaning ditches. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 150T or RBCG 150T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 151T Form and Handle a Windrow

Theory and practice of forming and handling a windrow. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 151T or RBCG 151T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 152T Construct a Crowned Road

Theory and practice of constructing a crowned road. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 152T or RBCG 152T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCG 153T Road Maintenance

Theory and practice of road maintenance using grading activities. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOG 153T or RBCG 153T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 120T Orientation to Operator's Manual

Using the operator's manual to identify safe machine operation, pre-start/shutdown, and general operation and maintenance. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 120T or RBCL 120T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 125T Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown

Theory and practice of walk-around procedures and checks; pre-start inspection and shutdown procedures. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 125T or RBCL 125T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 130T Operating Controls

Theory and practice of machine operating controls. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 130T or RBCL 130T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 135T Load and Unload Machine

Theory and practice of loading and unloading the machine from a transportation vehicle. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 135T or RBCL 135T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 155T Load Truck

Theory and practice of loading trucks. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 155T or RBCL 155T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 156T Tram Stockpiled Material

Theory and practice of tramming stockpiled material. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 156T or RBCL 156T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 157T Tram Bank Material

Theory and practice of tramming bank material. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 157T or RBCL 157T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 158T Build Road on Stockpile

Theory and practice of building a road on a stockpile. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 158T or RBCL 158T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCL 159T Grade Area/Cut and Fill

Theory and practice of grading an area and cutting and filling. Credit will only be granted for one of HEOF 159T or RBCL 159T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCR 120T Orientation to Operator's Manual

Using the operator's manual to identify safe machine operation, pre-start/shutdown, and general operation and maintenance.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program which will require Air Brake Endorsement, and successful completion of all courses in HEO core.

RBCR 125T Walk-Around, Pre-Start/Shutdown

Theory and practice of walk-around procedures and checks and pre-start inspection and shutdown procedures.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program which will require Air Brake Endorsement, and successful completion of all courses in HEO core.

RBCR 130T Operating Controls

Theory and practice of machine operating controls.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program which will require Air Brake Endorsement, and successful completion of all courses in HEO core.

RBCR 131T Articulated Rock Truck Fundamentals

Theory and practice of the loading and driving of rock trucks, including moving and dumping of materials.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program which will require Air Brake Endorsement, and successful completion of all courses in HEO core.

RBCR 135T Load and Unload Machine

Theory and practice of loading and unloading the machine from a transportation vehicle.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program which will require Air Brake Endorsement, and successful completion of all courses in HEO core.

RBCT 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 (PPE). Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 100T or RBCT 100T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 105T Trade and Equipment Knowledge

A study of the common types of heavy equipment and their respective capabilities, advantages, and limitations. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 105T or RBCT 105T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 110T Employability Skills

The study of general employability skills and human rights, respect in the workplace, and labour relations. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 110T or RBCT 110T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 115T Basic Engineering

The study of engineering and survey terminology, expressions of slopes and grade, utilities, soils, common aggregates, bulking and settlement of materials, compacting practices, and equipment. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 115T or RBCT 115T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 120T Environmental Practices

The study of common environmental issues pertaining to heavy construction/excavating. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 120T or RBCT 120T.

Prerequisite: None.

RBCT 125T Articulated Haul Truck Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient articulated haul truck operation. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 125T or RBCT 125T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 130T Loader Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient loader operation. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 130T or RBCT 130T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 135T Backhoe Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient backhoe operation. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 135T or RBCT 135T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 140T Dozer Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient dozer operation. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 140T or RBCT 140T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 145T Excavator Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient excavator operation. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 145T or RBCT 145T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

RBCT 150T Grader Operation

The study and practice of safe and efficient grader operation. Credit will only be granted for one of HETC 150T or RBCT 150T.

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

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