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Heavy Equipment Operator
Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle.
Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.
Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.
Satellite Campuses or Offices
Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Certificate
Length 1 Year or Less
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
Program Description: Entrance Requirements: Heavy equipment operators learn skills in operation of a crawler dozer, excavator, and motor graders plus additional training on alternate pieces. All programs start with a minimum of 40 hours simulator training.
As an operator trainee you will also gain additional knowledge in soils, map reading, surveying, environmental protocols/land management, service and maintenance.
Earthwork projects are a critical part of the oil and gas industry with the development of seismic, roadways, site pads, operations facilities, camps and reclamation projects. Additional employment opportunities are available in the private sector and municipalities in maintenance.
Grade 10 equivalency including English 10-1, 10-2, Math 10C or 10-3 or 10/13, Math 10 (Applied or Pure), Science 10 or Science 14, or CAAT C testing (Reading Comprehensive, Math (numbers, problem solving), Mechanical Reasoning (spelling or language) with a Stanine of 4 or better in each area. A valid Class 5 drivers licence or equivalent. Program area interview. For software requirements, please refer to the following link. http://moodle.portagecollege.ca/file.php/1/MinimumRequirements-Moodle/Technical_requirements.htm
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Updated September 30, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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