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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 Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
- The provincial government announced $336,000 to upgrade 22 social housing homes in St. John¿s with Heat Recovery Systems to increase energy efficiency
- Construction will begin in April or May on St. John's International Airport and will be on-going until 2020. The work is part of the $150M airport expansion announced in 2011 in the 10-year capital plan to improve all areas of the airport.
- The City of St. John's approved a new zone to accommodate a proposal to develop the former east end fire hall on Duckworth Street and space across the street. Republic Properties plans to build a boutique hotel with commercial and residential areas.
- The City of St. John's approved the construction of a 4-storey, 49-unit condominium on Margaret's Place. The condos will be built on the former site of the Belvedere Orphanage. There will be 22 underground and 41 above ground parking spaces.
- An environmental assessment is underway for the Newfoundland Transshipment Hebron Expansion Project. The company plans to expand the shipping terminal at Whiffen Head to transport crude oil from the Hebron offshore oil development.
- Construction of the St. John's Convention Centre is on-going. The steel frame will be erected over the next 8-10 weeks. The centre is expected to be completed by December 2015.
- The Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association 2014 Conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on February 8
- The City of Mount Pearl approved the proposed rezoning from Karwood Contracting and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing to build two, 2-storey buildings with a total of 26 affordable housing units for seniors
- Contract work is progressing on the West White Rose project in Argentia. Digging began in late 2013, a contract has been awarded for earthmoving, and a contract for living quarters is expected soon. Sanctioning of the project is expected in late 2014.
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