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Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)  (NOC 7421)
Avalon Peninsula Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

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.

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.

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.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

St. John's, Mount Pearl, Arnold's Cove, Bay Roberts, Bishop's Cove, Carbonear, Conception Bay South, Gulch, Gull Island, Harbour Grace, North River, Spaniard's Bay, Torbay, Upper Island Cove, Wabana, Birchy Nap, Chamberlains, Codner, Doyles, Foxtrap, Goulds, Greeleytown, Kelligrews, Lance Cove, Lawrence Pond, Manuels, Newton, North Pond Heights, Peachytown, Riverdale, Talcville, Topsail, Upper Gullies

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Outlook & Prospects for Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) in Avalon Peninsula Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) in Avalon Peninsula Region as well as in the rest of the Newfoundland and Labrador.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Avalon Peninsula Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2012-02-23

Employment prospects for Heavy Equipment Operators are expected to be FAIR in 2011 - 2012.

Heavy Equipment Operators make up a large occupational group in Newfoundland and Labrador with approximately 27% of them in the Avalon Peninsula Region. The largest portion is employed in the Central and Labrador regions. Individuals employed in this occupation are older than average. This could potentially result in an increase in job openings due to retirement over the next 5 years.

Recent announcements of mega projects such as the lower Churchill development and Vale Inco Nickel smelter should provide additional employment opportunities for experienced workers in this field. Employers in the local area have suggested that there is an increase in work for newer entrants provided they have the required training.

Some employee turnover may be experienced due to upcoming retirements.

Employment opportunities for this occupation may not be as readily available as those which have a good outlook. However, a fair outlook should not prevent anyone from pursuing a specific career in which they are interested.

Local Labour Market News

Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014 Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014
  • An $83M, three-year contract for the Hebron project has been awarded to Subsea 7. The contract will cover project management, engineering and installation of two offshore loading systems. The engineering and project management work will start immediately.
Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014 Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014
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