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Heavy Equipment Operator


The Heavy Equipment Operator Program teaches students how to operate heavy machinery such as heavy articulating rock trucks, loaders, excavators, backhoes, dozers and graders. These machines are used universally for all manner of heavy construction, earth moving, road building, mining, forestry, mega projects all included.

The Heavy Equipment Operator Program usually consists of a 4 week in school theory course combined with anywhere between 200-600 hours of operating the machine, depending on the type of machine. Of all the machines, the Grader takes the longest in terms of actual operating experience with 600 hours needed for graduation.

After graduating, the Heavy Equipment Operator Technician will also be responsible for the basic maintenance of equipment, safety around equipment and the compliance of markers, grades and stakes.

Careers

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Wage: $80,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.6%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Employed Part Time: 0.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Gas Plant Operators
Wage: $62,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -9.9%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Employed Part Time: 0.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
Wage: $60,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -13.4%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Employed Part Time: 0.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
Wage: $58,470
10 Year Growth Rate: 2.7%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Employed Part Time: 0.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Chemical Plant and System Operators
Wage: $56,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -15.3%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Employed Part Time: 0.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Pile-Driver Operators
Wage: $53,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 8.3%
Self Employed: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 14.3%
Employed Part Time: 4.6%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Plant and System Operators
Wage: $53,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -2.5%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Employed Part Time: 0.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
Wage: $52,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -17.5%
Self Employed: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 4.4%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Wage: $49,790
10 Year Growth Rate: 3.4%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Employed Part Time: 2.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
Wage: $46,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 4.6%
Self Employed: 1.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Employed Part Time: 1.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
Wage: $46,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -3.9%
Self Employed: 1.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Employed Part Time: 2.3%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
Wage: $46,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 3.8%
Self Employed: 1.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Employed Part Time: 1.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
Wage: $46,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -12.5%
Self Employed: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 4.4%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Material Moving Occupations
Wage: $45,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 2.8%
Self Employed: 0.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Employed Part Time: 1.7%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Wage: $44,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.4%
Self Employed: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Employed Part Time: 0.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Mining Machine Operators
Wage: $43,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 4.9%
Self Employed: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Employed Part Time: 1.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Wage: $43,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 4.5%
Self Employed: 19.4%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Employed Part Time: 3.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
Wage: $42,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 8.4%
Self Employed: 5.7%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Employed Part Time: 2.1%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
Wage: $42,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.8%
Self Employed: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Employed Part Time: 0.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Wellhead Pumpers
Wage: $42,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -11.9%
Self Employed: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 4.4%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $40,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -3.2%
Self Employed: 1.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Employed Part Time: 2.3%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Dredge Operators
Wage: $39,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.7%
Self Employed: 16.4%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Employed Part Time: 3.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Hoist and Winch Operators
Wage: $39,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -1.2%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
Employed Part Time: 2.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Wage: $38,430
10 Year Growth Rate: 13.8%
Self Employed: 1.3%
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Employed Part Time: 3.4%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
Wage: $38,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 8.3%
Self Employed: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Employed Part Time: 3.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
Wage: $38,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.4%
Self Employed: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Employed Part Time: 0.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
Wage: $38,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -19.0%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Employed Part Time: 1.3%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $36,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -21.0%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Employed Part Time: 2.3%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $36,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -18.2%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Employed Part Time: 4.0%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Wage: $36,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 9.0%
Self Employed: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 14.3%
Employed Part Time: 4.6%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Printing Machine Operators
Wage: $36,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.7%
Self Employed: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Employed Part Time: 5.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Wage: $35,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -14.8%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Employed Part Time: 3.8%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Wage: $35,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 0.3%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Employed Part Time: 2.3%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
Wage: $35,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -8.7%
Self Employed: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%
Employed Part Time: 6.4%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Logging Equipment Operators
Wage: $34,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -1.3%
Self Employed: 28.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Employed Part Time: 4.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $34,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.1%
Self Employed: 0.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Employed Part Time: 3.1%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
Wage: $33,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -22.7%
Self Employed: 1.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Employed Part Time: 2.6%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $32,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -11.9%
Self Employed: 0.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Employed Part Time: 3.1%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $32,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -9.3%
Self Employed: 1.6%
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Employed Part Time: 6.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Wage: $32,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -8.0%
Self Employed: 0.5%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Employed Part Time: 3.2%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Wage: $32,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -12.2%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Employed Part Time: 1.6%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
Wage: $31,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -2.0%
Self Employed: 0.3%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
Employed Part Time: 2.7%

Education Requirements:
Short-term on-the-job training
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Wage: $29,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -12.8%
Self Employed: 0.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Employed Part Time: 2.6%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Cementing and Gluing Machine Operators and Tenders
Wage: $29,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -9.2%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Employed Part Time: 8.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
Wage: $27,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -6.8%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%
Employed Part Time: 6.4%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Wage: $26,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.4%
Self Employed: 0.2%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%
Employed Part Time: 5.3%

Education Requirements:
Short-term on-the-job training
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
Wage: $26,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -9.8%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Employed Part Time: 6.4%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Agricultural Equipment Operators
Wage: $23,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -5.0%
Self Employed: 0.2%
Unemployment Rate: 10.9%
Employed Part Time: 14.7%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training