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 client specified pieces of heavy equipment required for industry and municipal service operations. 

Arctic Response delivers a professional development path from entry level operator to project supervisor through three progressive levels of courses: Rough Grade, Finishing Grade and HEO Supervisor.

Arctic Response HEO programs begin with standardized training elements and are then tailored to meet our client’s additional training objectives such as: project planning, types of equipment, maintenance levels and other related subjects. When tailoring a client training plan, our process includes:

  • 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 specified equipment.  Students may enter this program with no HEO experience or various levels of practical operator experience but no formal or recognized qualification. 

Our Rough Grade program offers 2 seasonal phases: Phase 1 – Cold Weather Phase and Phase 2 – Warm Weather. The two phase system trains operators for maximum safety, production cost effectiveness during year round operations. However, clients may choose to limit their worker training to a single season to to schedule training over a 2 year cycle.

Regardless of whether the student begins with Phase 1 Cold Weather or Phase 2 Warm Weather, initial field training begins with:

1 x week of certified mobile equipment relevant safety courses such as First Aid, WHMIS and Spill Response.

2 x weeks of in-class instruction detailing basic equipment operating systems and how to complete the 10, 50, and 500 hour maintenance inspections to ensure WSCC compliance prior to the field phase.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 Specialty Training

 Phase 1 Cold Weather training (winter) we will conduct of the systems review of the systems as well as teach the students how to safely “chain-up” the equipment and prepare it for winter operations by completing the 10/50/500-hour inspections if needed. Practically we will be focusing on snow clearance tasks, stockpiling and route clearing with loaders, dozers, and graders, as well as using and setting up plow trucks if available.

Phase 2 Warm Weather field training begins with:

Travelling and maneuvering, basic tasks that will be taught which are dependant on equipment available and may include stockpiling, rough grade, digging slots, loading trucks, digging trenches, intersecting trenches, route maintenance, and soil separation.  

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.