NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane)

Index

Intro

Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work. They are employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Heavy equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, loaders and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities
  • Operate bulldozers or other heavy equipment to clear brush and stumps prior to logging activities and to build roads at logging and surface mining sites
  • Operate heavy equipment with pile driver head to drive piling into earth to provide support for buildings, bridges or other structures
  • Operate heavy dredging equipment to deepen waterways or reclaim earth fill
  • Operate heavy paving and surfacing equipment to lay, spread or compact concrete, asphalt and other surface materials during highway and road construction
  • Operate power shovels to excavate rock, ore or other materials from open-pit mines, strip mines, quarries or construction pits
  • Operate heavy equipment to move, load and unload cargo
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment and clean, lubricate and refill equipment.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program
    or
    Some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Internal company certification may be required by some employers.

All Titles

  • aerial tram operator
  • apprentice heavy equipment operator
  • asphalt batch plant operator
  • asphalt plant operator
  • asphalt roller operator
  • asphalt spreader operator
  • asphalt street paver operator
  • asphalt-grooving machine operator
  • asphalt-paving machine operator
  • asphalt-paving screed operator
  • backhoe operator
  • bituminous paver operator – heavy equipment
  • bobcat operator
  • boom-conveyor operator
  • bucketwheel operator
  • bucketwheel-excavator operator
  • buggy-operator skinner
  • buggy-scraper operator
  • bulldozer driver
  • bulldozer operator
  • cat operator
  • cat skinner
  • caterpillar car operator
  • caterpillar operator
  • concrete spreader operator – heavy equipment
  • concrete-grooving machine operator
  • concrete-paving machine operator
  • construction equipment operator
  • continuous bucket excavator operator
  • crawler tractor operator
  • ditcher operator – construction
  • ditching machine operator
  • dozer operator
  • dredge operator
  • dredge runner
  • earth-moving equipment operator
  • electrical equipment operator – shovel
  • elevating grader operator
  • elevating scraper operator
  • equipment operator, heavy-duty
  • excavating machine operator
  • excavator operator
  • front end loader operator
  • gradall operator
  • grader operator
  • groove-cutting machine operator
  • grooving machine operator – heavy equipment
  • hammer operator, pile driving
  • heater-planer operator
  • heavy construction-equipment operator
  • heavy equipment operator
  • heavy equipment operator apprentice
  • heavy-duty equipment operator
  • heavy-duty equipment operator apprentice
  • ho-ram operator
  • horizontal earth-boring machine operator
  • hydraulic excavator operator
  • industrial backhoe operator
  • loader operator – construction
  • marine railway operator
  • mining shovel operator (except underground)
  • mole operator
  • mucker operator – construction
  • mucking machine operator – construction
  • operating engineer, heavy equipment
  • operator, asphalt plant
  • operator, heavy construction-equipment
  • operator, pile-driving hammer
  • operator, side boom tractor
  • paver operator
  • payloader operator
  • peat-moss-cutting machine operator
  • peat-moss-gathering machine operator
  • pile driver winch operator
  • pile-driving hammer operator
  • pipelayer operator
  • power grader operator
  • power shovel operator
  • pulvimixer operator
  • ripper operator – heavy equipment
  • road grader operator
  • road mixer operator
  • road planer operator
  • road roller operator
  • roller operator
  • rotary trencher operator
  • scarifier operator
  • scraper operator
  • screed operator, asphalt paving
  • shield operator
  • shovel operator – heavy equipment
  • side boom operator – pipeline construction
  • side boom tractor operator
  • snow-grooming machine operator
  • spreader operator – heavy equipment
  • stacker operator – heavy equipment
  • street paver operator
  • street paver, asphalt operator
  • stripping shovel operator
  • structural hydraulic jack erector
  • surface mining equipment operator
  • track-loader operator
  • tractor operator – construction
  • tractor-excavator operator
  • trench-digging machine operator
  • trenching machine operator
  • tunnelling machine operator
  • vibratory road roller operator
  • vibratory roller operator

Exclusions

  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (7302)
  • Crane operators (7371)
  • Forklift and industrial truck operators (See 7452 Material handlers)
  • Logging machinery operators (8241)
  • Underground production and development miners (8231)
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