Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operating

This 3-week program offers the essential safety certification, classroom learning and workplace best practices to begin a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator. 


Program Length
3 weeks
Currently Offered In
Fort McMurray


What’s a Heavy Equipment Operator? 

Heavy equipment operators drive and operate many different types of equipment, including skid steers, packer and rock trucks. 


About the course: 

The Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operating Program is a 3-week classroom training program delivered in collaboration with BFI Constructors Ltd. Students will receive two weeks of virtual and one week of in-person learning at Keyano College in Fort McMurray.  


Could I do this? 

Absolutely, if you’re: 

  • Motivated to be a Heavy Equipment Operator 
  • Willing to learn, have a positive attitude, and are flexible to changing conditions.   
  • Comfortable with working alone in a truck for extended periods of time. 

Courses and Skills

  • Standard First Aid – CPR A & AED 
  • CSTS 2020 & WHMIS   
  • Common Safety Orientation (CSO) 
  • Ground Disturbance 
  • H2S Alive 
  • Wildlife Bear Awareness 
  • WBF Best Practices  
  • Career Development 
  • Healthy Choices 
  • Financial Tool Kit 

Admission Requirements

  • Must be an Alberta resident 
  • Full class 5 driver’s licence (no GDL) 
  • High school diploma preferred   
  • Must be able to travel to Fort McMurray and stay for 1 week of in-person training 
  • 3-year drivers abstract  
  • Successful completion of fitness screening (35lb lift/carry) and drug & alcohol assessment.  
  • Must be able to work 14 on 7 off schedule, days and nights on rotation, and 12-hour shifts. 
  • Must have reliable transportation to flight hubs in Edmonton or Calgary. Busses will be provided from Fort McMurray to camp accommodations.  

Applicants will also need to complete a variety of steps as part of their application.  

Learn more about our application process here> 

Program Cost

  • Tuition for this program is funded by BFI Constructors Ltd. and the Government of Alberta. 
  • Student housing and transportation during in-person training.  
  • Driver’s abstract for program application and onboarding with BFI for successful grads. 
  • Additional funding and awards may be available to support living expenses while in the program.  

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities will be supported by our Alumni & Career Services team through earned referrals with various Employer of Choice partners

Upcoming Cohorts

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