Heavy Equipment Operator

Arctic Response provides Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) training throughout Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, and Alberta.  These programs prepare students to safely operate and maintain specific pieces of heavy equipment required for industry and municipal service operations.  In addition to providing basic HEO training, Arctic Response provides additional advanced operator training to improve operator effectiveness and employability.  Arctic Response also provides HEO Supervisor professional development training to enhance job planning, equipment fleet management and leadership skills.

All Arctic Response HEO programs include core training elements but are then tailored to meet the specific needs of our client communities and businesses.  Key factors for developing the training plan include:

  • Short term student skill set objectives
  • Specific equipment types
  • Ensuring all equipment is legally operational
  • Student’s threshold skill levels
  • Existing safe work plans and procedures
  • Available time and budget constraints
  • On-going professional development objectives

Heavy Equipment Operator – Rough Grade

Duration – 5 Weeks

This program provides entry level training and qualification for HEO operators on 3 to 4 pieces of client specific equipment.  Students may enter this program with no HEO experience or various levels of practical operator experience but no formal or recognized qualification. 

Rough Grade training is designed to ensure that new operators are safe on the worksite, perform the necessary operator level maintenance to keep equipment working and operate with at least basic proficiency and in compliance with legislated requirements.  Core training elements of Rough Level training includes:

  • Safety
  • Worksite Communications
  • Machine Safety
  • Equipment Inspections
  • Machine Operations

All candidates of this program are issued an individualized training report that details the student’s level of achieved proficiency, recommendations for on-going professional development and supervision.  The student is also issued with a log-book to document on-going training and work experience.

In addition to Rough Grade HEO operator certification, successful students are also issued certification for workplace safety component elements such as Fire Extinguisher, Ground Disturbance and Basic Spill Response.