Edmonton Heavy Equipment Training School - HEO or also known as the heavy equipment operator courses would provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to enter the workforce as an entry level heavy machine operator. In this twelve week course together with a practicum, you would focus on jobsite basics such as: health, environmental and safety awareness and training, equipment maintenance and operation, and application of earth moving techniques in hands-on conditions.
This training helps you to operate on selected items of machinery like for instance a loader, compactor, grader, excavator and a dozer. There are some important skills needed to become a heavy equipment operator: excellent oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, physical strength and stamina, good spatial ability and good vision, the ability to work alone or well with others in a team and good manual dexterity along with excellent eye-hand coordination.
Technical skills are also essential to operate these machinery. These skills include: being able to operate equipment and power tools, general mechanical ability, understanding of safe working methods, the ability to follow grade plans, technical specifications and read directions, the ability to make basic measurements and mathematical calculations, and the ability to perform basic maintenance and mechanical repairs.