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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.
Outlook & Prospects for Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) in Edmundston--Woodstock 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|
|Edmundston--Woodstock Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-05-14|
Currently the chances of qualified Heavy Equipment Operators finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area.
Job opportunities in this occupation are mostly found in these industries: 1) construction; and 2) transportation and warehousing. The main reason employment prospects are considered fair is that demand for this occupation is highly dependent on major construction projects and economic conditions. In spite of the difficult economic situation of the past few years, the construction industry has remained strong in the Edmundston-Woodstock area. In the coming years, large-scale projects announced in the area will make it possible to create jobs for this occupation. Heavy-duty equipment operation is seasonal work. Qualified workers can have trouble finding a job in the off season. This is a large occupational group and heavy-duty equipment operator positions are created by personnel turnover and attrition.
Employment opportunities for Heavy Equipment Operators may vary in different communities across the province. You may want to check for specific opportunities in your community. Also, people who are able to work elsewhere may want to research the opportunities for this occupation in other areas of NB or in other provinces across the country.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2013
- An investment of over $240,000 has been made by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to renovate the LP Fisher Library in Woodstock. The renovation work will include the heating system as well as improvements to electrical, plumbing and heating systems. The LP Fisher Library is a century-old building located in downtown Woodstock.
- Fredericton-based Springhill Construction Limited has won the contract to build the new Southern Carleton Elementary School on Bull Road in Bedell, Carleton County. The sod turning event was held recently. The new school will replace two older schools in the area.
- Dora Construction of Dieppe has been awarded the $18.7M contract to build the new Centennial Elementary School. The new school will be built on Elizabeth Street in Woodstock.
- A contract has been awarded in the amount of $88,200 to address some of the problems that the city of Saint-Leonard has been experiencing with surface water flow. Work will include replacement of some of the drainage material.
- The provincial government of New Brunswick has provided $47,000 for the development of an historical minivillage at Saint-François
- The province announced the construction of a 60-bed nursing home in Perth-Andover to replace the existing Victoria Glenn Manor. The $15.6M project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.
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