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Heavy Equipment Operator Technician - Apprenticeship

Overview 

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program students log operator time on four pieces of heavy equipment: excavator, articulated rock truck, dozer and loader. These machines are used universally in construction, earth moving, road building, mining and forestry operations. To qualify for the program, students must first complete Road Builder Heavy Construction Foundation program.

Program Outline 

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Apprentice program students log operator time on four pieces of heavy equipment: excavator, articulated rock truck, dozer and loader. These machines are used universally in construction, earth moving, road building, mining and forestry operations.

Indentured apprentices combine on-the-job training with formal classroom technical skills at NWCC to earn journeyperson classification. Students receive provincial apprenticeship curriculum pertinent to the apprenticeship level in which they are enrolled.

The Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Apprentice  program consists of 180 hours of training over five weeks, combining in-school training and work-based, in-the-field practical experience. Students will be on-site, operating heavy equipment and logging hours towards their apprenticeship requirements. To qualify for the program, students must first complete Road Builder Heavy Construction Foundation program.

Notice to Apprentices

If you are an unemployed apprentice or if your employer is anticipating a slow down in work consider taking your next two levels of technical training back-to-back. Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 and other Workforce & Industry training courses. OFA and Workforce & Industry training courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). To register or for more information about apprenticeships in British Columbia visit the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Career Opportunities 

Over the next 5 years, BC will experience a shortage of approximately 2,670 heavy equipment operators, which means there will be approximately 534 openings per year. Industry is already experiencing severe shortages with grader, excavator, loader, dozer, and heavy articulate rock truck operators. Backhoe operators are currently experiencing a moderate shortage of operators. With the introduction of major infrastructure projects like the Gateway Project, these numbers are likely to become even greater over the next several years.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 recommended.
  • Successful completion of the Road Builder Heavy Construction Foundation Program or;  
  • Successful completion of  the Heavy Equipment Foundation Program or;  
  • Successfully pass the Industry Training Authority assessment exam or ; 
  • Have acceptable field experience signed for by their employer/sponsor and documented by their apprenticeship registration application.
  • Program requires that students must be minimum age 17 and be in good physical condition.

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Dates and Locations 
Location  Start Date End Date 
Terrace  May 30, 2016 June 10, 2016
Program Fees 
FEES Full-time (5 Weeks)  International (5 Weeks)
Tuition:

$10101.10

$30,303.30
*Student Association Fee: $31.74 $31.74
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $8.88 $8.88
Technology Fee: $18.70 $18.70
Registration Fee: $9.60 $9.60
Infrastructure Fee: $2.75 $2.75
**Supplies/Clothing: $200.00 $200
Total: $10,372.77 $30,574.97

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

A portion of these fees are reserved for eventual Heavy Equipment replacement