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Heavy Equipment Operator

  • Program Length 
    17 Weeks
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Do you want a job running large machines like cranes, bobcats and excavators? Heavy Equipment Operator training is for those hands-on people who think big and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. VIU’s heavy equipment operator training school provides the foundation for success in this industry. This program provides intensive, hands-on, real-life training in the operation of heavy equipment, including crane operator training, forklift operator certification, and excavator, backhoe, dozer and dump truck operator training. The program also covers routine maintenance of machinery, and the practical field operations of excavating, land clearing, grading and road building.

The Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program

The Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate Program includes the Road Builder & Heavy Construction Foundation (4 weeks), the Heavy Equipment Operator Technician (5 weeks), and Machine Operator Training (1-8 weeks, machine dependent) for a total of 10 to 17 weeks of instruction. Students will be granted a Foundation and Technician Certificate as well as a machine(s) specialty certificate(s). Graduates will gain knowledge and skills in both a classroom and hands-on setting that will help them to be successful as they continue within the industry. They will also participate in a four week work experience segment gaining meaningful industry experience.

Program Outline

Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate

RBHC 101T - (Road Builder & Heavy Construction Foundation)

RBHC 201T - (Heavy Equipment Operator Technician)

Select one or more Specialized Machine Operator Training courses below

Specialized Machine Operator Training

HEOE 101T - (Excavator)

HEOB 101T - (Backhoe)

HEOD 101T - (Dozer)

HEOG 101T - (Grader)

HEORL 101T - (Articulated Rock Truck/Loader Combo)

HEOR 101T - (Articulated Rock Truck)

HEOF 101T - (Front End Loader)

HEOK 101T - (Skid Steer (Bobcat))

HEOT 101T - (Dump Truck & Pup)

HEOW 101T - (Work Experience)

Updated 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Assessment testing and Personal Profile may be required
  • Interview may be required
  • Good health, free of vision, hearing, or respiratory ailments

Recommendations for Admission

  • Minimum 18 years of age (exceptions may be allowed)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (exceptions may be allowed)
  • Class 5 Driver's License that must be maintained throughout the program
  • Physically fit and able to adapt to rugged working conditions

Students should check with the Program Assistant toll-free at 1-888-920-2221, Ext. 6227 for details.

Transfer from other institutions

Students who have taken the Heavy Equipment Operator Foundations program may qualify for advanced placement and should check with the HEO Program Assistant toll-free at 1-888-920-2221, Ext. 6227.

Start Date and Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For further information regarding next available program start dates, applications, and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

 

Career Opportunities

Students who are successful in completion of the Foundation, Technician, and Specialized Machine Operator Training will be well positioned to gain employment as a Backhoe, Dozer, Excavator, Front End Loader, Articulated Rock Truck, Grader, Skid Steer or Dump Truck & Pup Operator. This program has been identified as a preferred pre-requisite by Industry Employers for entry into the Road Builder & Heavy Construction Trade.

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - RBHC 101T and RBHC 201T

Amount

Tuition (RBHC 101T and RBHC 201T)

1,478.74

Student Activity fee (6.75 credits x $8.87 per credit)

59.87

Student Services fee (9 weeks x $4.9 per week)

44.10

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $19.43 per month)

58.29

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

2,031.00

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Excavator

Amount

Tuition (8 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

14,703.20

Student Activity fee (2 months x $17.73 per month)

35.46

Student Services fee (8 weeks x $4.9 per week)

39.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 weeks x $4.86 per week)

38.88

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

15,206.74

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Backhoe

Amount

Tuition (6 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

11,027.40

Student Activity fee (6 weeks x $17.73 per month)

26.60

Student Services fee (6 weeks x $4.9 per week)

29.40

VIU Students' Union fee (6 weeks x $4.86 per week)

29.16

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

11,502.56

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Dozer

Amount

Tuition (6 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

11,027.40

Student Activity fee (6 weeks x $17.73 per month)

26.60

Student Services fee (6 weeks x $4.9 per week)

29.40

VIU Students' Union fee (6 weeks x $4.86 per week)

29.16

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

11,502.56

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Grader

Amount

Tuition (6 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

11,027.40

Student Activity fee (6 weeks x $17.73 per month)

35.46

Student Services fee (6 weeks x $4.9 per week)

29.40

VIU Students' Union fee (6 weeks x $4.86 per week)

29.16

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

11,511.42

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Articulated Rock Truck & Loader Combo

Amount

Tuition (4 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

7,351.60

Student Activity fee (4 weeks x $17.73 per month)

17.73

Student Services fee (4 weeks x $4.9 per week)

19.60

VIU Students' Union fee (4 weeks x $4.86 per week)

19.44

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

7,798.37

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Articulated Rock Truck

Amount

Tuition (3 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

5,513.70

Student Activity fee (3 weeks x $17.73 per month)

13.30

Student Services fee (3 weeks x $4.9 per week)

14.70

VIU Students' Union fee (3 weeks x $4.86 per week)

14.58

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

5,946.28

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Front End Loader

Amount

Tuition (3 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

5,513.70

Student Activity fee (3 weeks x $17.73 per month)

13.30

Student Services fee (3 weeks x $4.9 per week)

14.70

VIU Students' Union fee (3 weeks x $4.86 per week)

14.58

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

5,946.28

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Skid Steer (Bobcat)

Amount

Tuition (3 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

5,513.70

Student Activity fee (3 weeks x $17.73 per month)

13.30

Student Services fee (3 weeks x $4.9 per week)

14.70

VIU Students' Union fee (3 weeks x $4.86 per week)

14.58

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

5,946.28

Fees - Specialized Machine Operator Training: Dump Truck and Pup

Amount

Tuition (2 weeks x $1837.9 per week)

3,675.80

Student Activity fee (2 weeks x $17.73 per month)

8.87

Student Services fee (2 weeks x $4.9 per week)

9.80

VIU Students' Union fee (2 weeks x $4.86 per week)

9.72

Approximate costs for textbooks

240.00

Approximate costs for personal attire*

150.00

Total

4,094.19

Notes

* Students are required to provide personal attire to meet WCB regulations: steel-toed boots, hardhat, hearing protection, safety vest, and gloves. Students are also responsible for transportation costs to worksites.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Testing Required
No
Admission Contact
Name: Kellie Spence
Phone: 250-740-6227
Email: heo@viu.ca
Chair Contact
Name: Pat Grooms
Email: pat.grooms@viu.ca
Testing Required
Yes
Admission Contact
Name: Kellie Spence
Phone: 250-740-6227
Email: heo@viu.ca
Chair Contact
Name: Pat Grooms
Email: pat.grooms@viu.ca
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