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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 Kingston - Pembroke 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.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Ontario.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-04-19|
|Kingston - Pembroke Region||<Not assigned>||2012-04-19|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-04-19|
|London Region||<Not assigned>||2012-04-19|
|Muskoka-Kawarthas Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-04-19|
|Northeast Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-04-19|
|Northwest Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-04-19|
|Ottawa Region||<Not assigned>||2012-04-19|
|Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-04-19|
|Toronto Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-05-10|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||<Not assigned>||2012-04-19|
Additional Provincial Prospects
Visit the Provincial Job Futures for information on the current trends and the future outlook for occupations in this province or territory. This Web site is a joint effort of the federal, provincial and territorial governments. You can view a report specific to this occupation on: Provincial Job Futures - (Employment Prospects section) Web Site.
Mining Sector Hiring Forecast
The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) forecasts that the mining sector will need to hire a total of 575 Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) in Ontario from 2011 to 2021.
The following table shows MiHR's forecast for the total number of jobs that will need to be filled from 2011 to the given year.
|Cumulative Hiring Forecast (base year 2011)||2013||2016||2021|
Occupation: Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- November 2013 | (PDF, 568 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 461 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 461 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 474 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 513 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 463 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 462 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 506 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 245 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 249 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 500 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 313 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- Havilah Holdings will establish a new manufacturing plant in Greenstone in Northwestern Ontario, creating 52 jobs
- The Town of Kirkland Lake received funding to prepare land for a new $8M, 80-room hotel, creating 30 jobs upon completion
- Current construction to build a new bridge near Red Rock, outside of Thunder Bay, by LH North Ltd, creates 34 new jobs
- Work will soon begin to accommodate fashion retailer H&M at Station Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, expecting to open in the fall of 2014
- Further expansion of the redevelopment at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington was announced adding to the previously estimated project value of $312M
- Construction will begin in spring 2014 on the expansion of the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre in Trenton
- A $500K business centre for the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation will open early next year in Lambton County. It will contain a gas station and three retail spaces.
- SAIL, an outdoors superstore, will open a $25M store in the Tri-City Centre in Cambridge, creating more than 125 retail jobs upon completion in the fall of 2014
- The Ontario government is providing $4.3M towards the expansion of Mohawk Garnet Inc., an abrasive garnet plant in the Sudbury area, creating 62 jobs
- The Peel Regional Police 11 Division in Mississauga will undergo a $9.6M expansion, with construction starting by the end of 2013
- Alliance Homes and Cosmopolitan Homes started construction on a new residential subdivision in Beeton
- Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014 on a water treatment plant in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and should be completed by the end of 2015
- Springcress Properties plans to build a two-storey commercial condominium building on Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa
- Construction started in Dunnville, Haldimand County, on the $1B Grand Renewable Energy Park project, which will create 1,200 full-time jobs during construction
- Groundbreaking took place in Waterloo on the Centre of Excellence for Innovation In Aging, a project valued at $376M aimed at helping Canada better prepare for an aging population
- Groundbreaking has taken place for Phase II of Brampton's $285M Z¿m transit project and completion is expected by the end of 2017
- Aecon Dragados Joint Venture has been awarded a $177M contract for Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit, with tunnelling scheduled to begin in early 2014
- Avery Construction Ltd., C and A Steel Ltd. and Paramount Construction have been awarded subcontracts for the next phase of the $50M construction project at St. Mary¿s high school in Sault Ste. Marie
- Construction is expected to start in May 2014 to replace the bridge over the Mississippi River on highway 511 in Lanark County. The $3.1M project is expected to be completed in October.
- A $2M construction project is underway at the Ironwood Plaza in Pelham, near Welland
- Niagara College will build an addition to its Rankin Technology Centre to house the Industry Innovation Centre to provide research and development assistance to small and medium sized manufacturers
- Global mining company Vale has cut approximately 25 support and service positions in Sudbury
- George Stone and Sons has been awarded a $10.8M tender for a phase of the International Bridge project in Sault Ste. Marie. The construction project includes a new duty free shop and maintenance building. Twenty to 49 workers will be on site. (available in French only)
- Peak Engineering and Construction Ltd. started work on the Northumberland Niche Food Processing Facility in Colborne, to be completed by summer 2014, creating more than 13 facility jobs
- Mortlock Construction Inc. of Peterborough started site preparation on the $3M+ Peterborough Museum and Archives Renewal Project, expected to be completed in summer of 2014
- Chartrand Equipment of Timmins was placed into receivership, resulting in the loss of approximately 250 jobs
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