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Heavy Equipment Operator

Applied Certificate

Program Overview

Heavy Equipment Operator is an applied certificate program. It is offered in partnership with Saskatchewan regional colleges, at various locations in the province from April through October each year.

The program provides knowledge and skill development in operating heavy equipment. You must successfully complete the theory courses and two specialty courses.

Each specialty course focuses on one of the following pieces of equipment:

  • backhoe
  • crawler tractor
  • excavator
  • front end loader
  • motor grader
  • motor scraper
  • skid steer loader
  • rock truck

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates may find employment operating heavy equipment in the construction industry, pipeline and oil patches, forestry industry, or rural and urban municipalities.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies

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Length: Varies

Locations

  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  •  Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

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Courses

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Theory Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
HEOP 140
Construction Survey Specifications
1
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You will learn to identify construction symbols and terms, check grades, install a culvert and identify road-building stages.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
SUPP 152
Heavy Equipment Operator
1
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Your studies will include the minimum training requirements of Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety's Power Mobile Equipment Table 14.1 for Operators.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery

Specialty Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
HEOP 143
Backhoe
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of a backhoe. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a backhoe.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 142
Crawler Tractor
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of a crawler tractor. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a crawler tractor.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 148
Excavator
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of an excavator. You will also receive hands-on training in operating an excavator.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 145
Front End Loader
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of a front end loader. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a front end loader.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 144
Motor Grader
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of a motor grader. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a motor grader.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 141
Motor Scraper
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of a motor scraper. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a motor scraper.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 156
Rock Truck
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls and will discuss the purposes of a rock truck. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a rock truck.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
HEOP 146
Skid Steer Loader
5
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You will learn to identify components and controls, and discuss the purposes of a skid steer loader. You will also receive hands-on training in operating a skid steer loader.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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