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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 Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- Karwood Realty of Paradise has started work on the development of the 240-acre Veterans Memorial Business Park in Spaniard's Bay. Once the power lines are moved, the company will begin the planning stages.
- The construction phase at the Vale nickel processing plant in Long Harbour is now complete. The start-up phase will employ 1,500 people at peak production, and 500 permanent technicians when the plant moves into full production.
- The provincial government and the City of Mount Pearl have contributed $1.8M towards the construction of a new gymnastics facility in Mount Pearl. Construction is expected to start next year and be completed by 2015.
- The City of St. John's awarded a $3.3M contract to Redwood Construction for the demolition and replacement of the pool house and splash pad in Bannerman Park, St. John's
- The City of St. John's awarded a $5M to Magna Contracting and Management to complete the first phase of renovations to the municipal depot. This phase will include renovations to employee facilities, locker and change rooms.
- The provincial government announced $9.4M in contracts for the construction of a series of underpasses on the Team Gushue Highway in St. John's
- The City of St. John's approved the construction of a new six-storey hotel on Duckworth Street, and a parking lot and some residential units across the street from the hotel
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