Heavy equipment operators

Heavy equipment operators

NOC
7521

- Heavy equipment operators (except crane)

Use a variety of heavy mobile machines and attachments in construction, mining, and material handling. They excavate, grade and landscape earth and move heavy materials and equipment.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

221
 

Median Hourly Wage

$20.80
$17.00
Low
$30.00
High

Median Salary

$40,500
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

2,141
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

49%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

Main Duties

Heavy equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, loaders and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities
  • Operate bulldozers or other heavy equipment to clear brush and stumps prior to logging activities and to build roads at logging and surface mining sites
  • Operate heavy equipment with pile driver head to drive piling into earth to provide support for buildings, bridges or other structures
  • Operate heavy dredging equipment to deepen waterways or reclaim earth fill
  • Operate heavy paving and surfacing equipment to lay, spread or compact concrete, asphalt and other surface materials during highway and road construction
  • Operate power shovels to excavate rock, ore or other materials from open-pit mines, strip mines, quarries or construction pits
  • Operate heavy equipment to move, load and unload cargo
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment and clean, lubricate and refill equipment.

Also Known As

  • backhoe operator
  • bulldozer operator
  • excavator operator
  • gradall operator
  • grader operator
  • heavy equipment operator
  • heavy equipment operator apprentice
  • loader operator - construction
  • side boom tractor operator
  • surface mining equipment operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program or Some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification for heavy equipment operator (dozer, excavator, tractor-loader-backhoe) is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.
  • Internal company certification may be required by some employers.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified heavy equipment operators upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: No
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

1.4%
Female
98.6%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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5.7%
15-24
13.5%
25-34
19.2%
35-44
33.5%
45-54
21.9%
55-64
6.2%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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28.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
40.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
18.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
13.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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49.1%
Construction
11.7%
Manufacturing
10.8%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
28.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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30.50%
Northeast
21.90%
Southeast
19.20%
Southwest
16.20%
Central
12.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$46,066
Northeast
$44,782
Southeast
$51,591
Southwest
$50,015
Central
$46,363
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$20.33
$16.50
Low
$35.00
High

Southeast

$20.00
$17.00
Low
$23.00
High

Southwest

$21.00
$17.00
Low
$27.00
High

Central

$20.80
$17.00
Low
$30.00
High

Northwest

$20.09
$18.00
Low
$30.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$40,500

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$52,320

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$40,500

Newfoundland

$59,475

Prince Edward Island

$40,428

Nova Scotia

$44,831

Canada

$56,600
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

221
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-60
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

281
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

908
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

22
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

887