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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.
- 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.
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
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
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Avalon Peninsula Region||(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 NewsWeek of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
- A new multi-purpose structure will replace the old pool house at Bowring Park. The $3.5M project incorporates plans to redesign the current change rooms and incorporate them into a new building. Work is expected to be completed by 2015.
- The provincial government awarded two contracts valued at $1.1M to CAN AM Platforms & Construction Ltd. of Shearstown to construct modular classrooms at seven schools on the Northeast Avalon Peninsula
- The provincial government awarded a $524,000 contract to Eastern Contracting Ltd. of Mount Pearl to replace windows at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School in Conception Bay South
- The new facility that will replace the Waterford Hospital will be built on the eastern side of the current property. Site preparation is expected to be completed in 2015 with construction beginning in 2016.
- The provincial government announced $8.5M in funding for short and long-term infrastructure needs for Mount Pearl schools
- The provincial government awarded a $513,000 contract to LSG Construction of Gander to replace the roof at Carbonear Collegiate in Carbonear
- The provincial government announced $1.7M in funding for the construction of a new fire hall and upgrades to the water system on Bell Island. The funding for this project will be cost-shared by the provincial government and the Town of Wabana.
- Construction is underway in Argentia on the concrete gravity structure (CGS) for the West White Rose project. First oil from the West White Rose project is expected in late 2017. The project is expected to be sanctioned towards year-end of 2014.
- The provincial government awarded a $3.2M contract to Concord Paving to complete road work in Bay de Verde
- Preparation work has started on the new $31.9M Wedgewood Park recreation centre in St. John's. Construction is expected to take approximately two years.
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