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    Heavy Equipment Operator

    Powered Mobile Equipment (PME) certification on two pieces of heavy equipment is provided through this industry-recognized Heavy Equipment Operator training program located in Saskatchewan.

    Hear what this Heavy Equipment Operator grad had to say.

    Full-time/Part-time – FT
    Length – 6 weeks (240 hours)
    Location – Warman, Osler, Kindersley
    Credentials – Power Mobile Equipment Certification on two pieces of equipment, Ground Disturbance Levels 1 and 2 (Global) and Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT) (SCSA).
    Tuition – $9,995 (Includes all costs, including books, application fee, student fee and Ground Disturbance)


    Employers may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to 2/3 of tuition costs through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.

    • To receive more information on funding opportunities, employers can visit or contact the Labour Market Services office at 306-933-6281.

    UPCOMING DATES (These dates are subject to change):   

    • April 18 – May 27, 2016 (Warman)
    • June 13 – July 22, 2016  (Osler) 
    • July 25 – September 2, 2016 (Osler)
    • September 12 – October 21, 2016 (Kindersley)

    This industry-recognized training will provide Powered Mobile Equipment (PME) certification on two pieces of heavy equipment. The machinery used for training is determined by the work project requirements and may include the following:

    • Motor grader
    • Hydraulic Excavator (Trackhoe)
    • Front-end loader
    • Crawler Tractor (Dozer)

    Operation techniques for two machines will be introduced in a state-of-the-art simulator lab. The simulator lab provides a safe, controlled and risk-free environment enabling a smoother transition to the actual machines and increased productivity on the work site.

    On an actual work site, you will operate, observe, learn, and practice basic skills required to perform construction tasks. You will perform daily safety inspection and routine maintenance on each machine.

    The program uses three different learning methods:

    1) Simulation
    2) Practical field projects
    3) Classroom theory

    Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities and in material handling work. They are employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies. They may also act as independent business owners.

    The average wage for a heavy equipment operator working in small town or rural Saskatchewan is $24.14 per hour and up to $38.34 per hour, according to the provincial government’s 2011 Saskatchewan wage survey. Based upon a 37.5 hour work week, the average annual salary is about $47,000.


    • A current/valid Class 5 Driver’s License 
    • Students must be at least 17 years of age, be physically fit and have full range of body motion
    • Meet Great Plains College’s English language requirement (see English Language Proficiency Requirement document)
    • Standard First Aid and CPR C certification is recommended

    Note: if you do not meet these entrance requirements, special admission options may be available.

    During the practical work projects component, training will be approximately 10 hours per day.

    Tuition – $9,995 (includes all costs, including books, application fee, student fee and Ground Disturbance)
    Required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) –  $300-$400 (Estimated costs)
    Hard hat; steel-toed boots (above ankle); coveralls; work gloves; safety glasses; hearing protection; reflective safety vest are required.

    ** Prices are subject to change. Contact a student adviser for current fees. 

    To find out more about the Heavy Equipment Operator program, book an appointment with a student adviser today.

    Toll-free: (866) 296-2472
    Kindersley: (306) 463-6431
    Warman: (306) 242-5377
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    Heavy Equipment Operator Program Information Sheet