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First-Year Apprentice Heavy Equipment Operator (Backhoe - Loader – Articulated Haul Truck) (no experience needed!)

  • Building the life you want starts with acquiring skills that are in demand.
  • As a certified tradesperson, career potential is unlimited. 
  • It all starts with apprenticeship; a unique opportunity to earn and learn while building your career.

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) Apprenticeship Services is launching a major industry-wide drive supporting small and medium construction employers to hire and register first-year apprentices.

This province-wide recruitment drive is administered by BCCA as part of the BCCA Apprentices Services campaign. BCCA is launching a 22-month campaign funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service to enable small and medium-sized employers in BC’s construction industry to hire and register first-year apprentices. As part of the service to employers, BCCA will build a pool of qualified jobseekers, provide culture training via its Builders Code program, and mentorship support through its new Building Builders initiative. Additional apprenticeship supports, advice, and resources will also be made available to successful job applicants.

To learn more about BCCA Apprenticeship Services, click here.

About the Opportunity

British Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) trade certification. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!

A typical day as a heavy equipment operator involves operating various large construction equipment. In BC, heavy equipment operators can obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) as a heavy equipment operator with an endorsement for specific equipment. The endorsement is issued based on hours completed working in the machine as an apprentice.

A heavy equipment operator (backhoe/loader/articulated haul truck) operates various large construction equipment. Heavy equipment operators could work on commercial or residential new construction or renovation projects, or civil infrastructure projects. Loaders, backhoes and articulated haul trucks move and load earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities, including clean-up operations. They also maintain winter roads and move, load and unload cargo.

Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:

  • Operating heavy equipment such as backhoes, loaders or articulated haul trucks to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel, or other materials 
  • Doing pre-operational checks, daily maintenance and troubleshooting on equipment including cleaning, lubricating and refilling fluids
  • Digging, loading, hauling, and stockpiling materials
  • Excavating trenches and ditches
  • Working according to Worksafe BC Standards, applying Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, and donning Personal Protective Equipment
About You

BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice heavy equipment operator (backhoe/loader/articulated haul truck). The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a heavy equipment operator (backhoe/loader/articulated haul truck) and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.

To succeed as a first-year apprentice heavy equipment operator, you: 

  • Must have a valid BC driver’s license 
  • Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions well 
  • Have good dexterity and like to work with your hands
  • Enjoy working indoors or outdoors in all seasons 
  • Like to solve problems and build solutions
  • Are physically fit with stamina for manual labour
  • Have experience using hand and power tools
  • Are willing to follow safety guidelines at all times
  • Understand basic math
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Are in good physical condition with good endurance,
  • Are able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Have good tolerance for dust, heat, and working alone in the machine cab

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

  • Hands-on experience working with machines, vehicles, or large equipment, and/or building construction
  • Occupational First Aid training, SiteReadyBC certification, or Transportation of Dangerous Goods certification
  • High school diploma and/or completion of the Road Builder and Heavy Construction Foundation Training or Level 1 Heavy Equipment Operator training from an ITA BC recognized post-secondary institution
  • Prior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonus
The Benefits of Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimise student debt.

For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see ITA BC’s Apprentice Guidebook.

If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!

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