Heavy equipment operators are well compensated and in-demand both in Manitoba and throughout Canada. Upon graduation, you will be ready for work in this high demand field.

The eight-week Heavy Equipment Operator program will provide students with a combination of training in fundamental heavy equipment operator skills as well as related training in surveying, safety and equipment servicing.

Training on high-end computer simulation equipment, you will gain the experience and confidence you need to take the controls of heavyduty construction and earth-moving equipment. Our instructors will help guide you through realistic simulators with all the same controls so you can be ready to do real work.

Students will get practical hands-on experience in the seat of actual equipment, with instructors ensuring that you can put what you have learned into practice.

This program is for students who would like to enter the in-demand field of Heavy Equipment Operating. From 2017-2026, it is estimated that there will be a requirement to fill roughly 22,000 jobs in this field across Canada.



  • A minimum of Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Valid Class 5 Driver's License

Special circumstances consideration may be requested from the Centre of Continuing Studies. This process includes a thorough review of previous education and relevant experience. 

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

The majority of the work in this trade is outdoors. It is important that people entering the trade have strong mechanical aptitude, communication skills, mathematical ability, excellent visual and depth perception and a high degree of hand-foot-eye coordination.

Practicum – may be paid or unpaid at employer’s discretion, students are covered by Worker’s Compensation while on practicum. While Assiniboine strives to find practicum placements for its students, the responsibility to find a practicum placement ultimately lies with the student

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.

Careers & Connections


Heavy equipment operators are well-compensated and in-demand, both in Manitoba and throughout Canada. You'll graduate with a Certificate of Achievement from Assiniboine, recognized by employers.

Students in many of our programs find continuing work directly from their practicum.


Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit Assiniboine’s Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

We have the following heavy equipment available for instruction:

  • Excavator
  • Wheeled loader
  • Bulldozer
  • Backhoe Loader

Students will learn on simulations of some machines, but in-seat practical training will focus on specific equipment to meet industry demand.

You need the following Personal Protection Equipment:

  • High visibility vest
  • Safety Glasses (CSA Approved)
  • Hard Hat (CSA Approved) • Coveralls
  • Leather work gloves
  • Steel Toed Boots (Min. 8 inches high & CSA Approved)
  • Hearing Protection (Muff style & CSA Approved)

Courses & Costs

The tuition cost for the program is $9,995 plus a $95 application fee.  A non-refundable tuition deposit of $2000 must be paid to hold your seat.

Fast Facts

Program Start
Certificate of Achievement
Course Load
Program Details
Continuing Studies
On Campus
Continuing Studies
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Program Information Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming. 

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.