Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation and Level 1 Technical Training

This program will prepare students for the road building industry. Course content covers safe work practices, equipment knowledge, job control, and environmental practices. Students will also be introduced to articulated haul truck, loader, dozer, excavator, and grader operation.

New and experienced operators are welcomed. This program will prepare students for local employment and provide many certification opportunities.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Port Hardy, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Comox Valley
Length: 220 hours

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Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation & Level 1 Technical Training Program

  • HEO 060 HEO Foundation (Theory) Training
  • HEO 065 HEO Level 1 Technical Training

Completion Requirements

You must complete all courses in the program with a passing grade.

Admission Requirements

To learn more about this program, click our 'Join Interest List' button at the top of the page.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

This course builds on the general heavy construction content of the Road Builder and Heavy Construction Foundation Program with additional training specific to heavy equipment including:

  • Worksite health and safety
  • Types and capabilities of heavy equipment and attachments
  • Heavy equipment mechanical systems
  • Basic repairs, maintenance, inspection and monitoring of equipment
  • Job control and engineering basics, drawings, survey instruments
  • Environmental awareness and requirements, sediment control
  • Identification of mechanical components
  • Operating tips
  • Orientations to excavator, dozer, loader, grader and articulated haul truck
  • Excavator simulator training


The program is a combination of 95 hours for HEO 060 and 125 hours for HEO 065.