Heavy Equipment Operator
Introduction
Heavy equipment operators(except crane) 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.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand written instructions about the use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment such as air respirators. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand written instructions in Material Safety Data Sheets about the hazards of working with dangerous materials such as diesel and explosives. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand and interpret regulations that govern occupational health and safety, workers' compensation and the transportation of dangerous goods. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret warning and directional signs. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents. (Complexity: 2)
 
Equipment Operation
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on drawings such as maps and sketches. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret information contained in a variety of set-up, operating and maintenance manuals specific to heavy equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions and regulations about the use of heavy equipment such as earth movers, graders, loaders and excavators. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, pressures and electrical readings using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on forms such as work orders. (Complexity: 1)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into forms such as tally sheets and logbooks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as station numbers and slope ratios on marked stakes. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and the positions of parts using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete equipment repair forms by entering dates, identification numbers and brief descriptions of faults. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to enter and locate data such as job numbers, descriptions and readings in a variety of service, warranty and maintenance reports and parts and purchase orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as the positions of parts using moderately complex assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use drawings to identify the elevations, grades and locations of fixtures such as manholes and gas lines. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as simple instructions or a question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)