Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator)

Excavator operators operate excavators to excavate, move, lift, strip, stockpile and place earth, rock, gravel or other materials. They work in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports and utilities, and the construction of gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures. They also operate equipment in surface mining, quarrying, and land clearing activities. Excavators are also used to create slopes, to clear land at logging and surface mining sites and to perform demolitions.

NOC: 7521

Designation Year: 2014

Designated Red Seal in: NL, NS, ON, PE, QC
Trade title: Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator) in NL, NS, PE
Other titles used in provinces/territories: Heavy Equipment Operator - Excavator (ON), Shovel Operator (QC)

Occupational Standard for current exams

View the most recent standard. This is the complete description of the activities of the Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator) trade. It is used as the basis for the Red Seal exams for this trade.

Essential Skills

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Job Market Reports

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Sample Questions

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Red Seal Exam Breakdown

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Ellis Chart

Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator).

Interprovincial Program Guide

View information that guides the technical training for this trade in the Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator) Interprovincial Program Guide.