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Heavy Equipment Operator Technician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $9363 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $200 Total
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact institution.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact NWCC for the next opening.

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Heavy Equipment Operator

ITA Source: 'Heavy Equipment Operator' profile.


Heavy Equipment Operator Technicians operate heavy machinery used in heavy construction, earth moving, road building, mining, and forestry projects. Certified operators may also be responsible for the basic maintenance of equipment, safety around equipment and complying with markers, grades and stakes.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes one year to complete.

The technical training is four weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. This technical training requirement can sometimes be met by challenging one or more of the training modules through a challenge exam.

The length of work-based training depends on the intended endorsement. The various endorsements require:

  • Articulated Haul/Rock Truck - 200 hours
  • Backhoe - 200 hours
  • Dozer - 200 hours
  • Excavator - 400 hours
  • Loader - 300 hours
  • Grader - 600 hours
  • Feller/Buncher - 400 hours
  • Wheel Skidder - 200 hours
  • Track Skidder - 200 hours
  • Dangle Head - 400 hours
  • Grapple Yarder - 600 hours
  • Log Loader - 300 hours

Training Content

Areas of training cover:

Core Theory Modules:

  • Worksite Health and Safety Practices
  • Essential Heavy Equipment Knowledge
  • Employability Skills and Professional Practices
  • Job Control and Engineering Basics
  • Environmental Awareness, Protection and Enhancement

Core Equipment Modules:

  • Articulating Haul Truck Operation
  • Loader Operation
  • Backhoe Operation
  • Dozer Operation
  • Excavator Operation
  • Grader Operation
  • Feller/Buncher Operation
  • Wheel Skidder Operation
  • Track Skidder Operation
  • Grapple Yarder Operation
  • Dangle Head Processor Operation
  • Log Loader Operation


  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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