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OETIM - Manitoba's #1 Heavy Equipment Training Institute

OETIM regularly offers a 240 hour course (4-6 weeks) consisting of 80 hours of classroom study and 160 hours of field experience. Contract and project training are available upon request.


Instructional resources we use in our HEO "Heavy Equipment Operator" program have been developed through a cooperative effort by all of the Operating Engineers Training Centers across Canada. Our curriculum has been formatted to meet all of the provincial requirements across Canada. In addition to the established curriculum, we utilize many other resources to enhance the students’ learning experience; such as power point presentations, dvd videos, simulation training, and guest speakers when possible.


Our HEO course has been developed to use a Systems Approach to Training (SAT) to ensure client student satisfaction at the highest level. Sanctioned by the Public Service Commission of Canada, (SAT) is a comprehensive, systematic approach to training that encompasses initiating, designing, developing, delivering and evaluating OETIM’s training programs.  Our program addresses the knowledge and skills necessary to become a HEO, and represents the foundation of the course.


The main areas of required training are:

 Protect Self and Others

 Pre-Operational Inspections

 Earthmoving Operations

 Transporting Heavy Equipment

 Equipment Maintenance


Course Entry Requirements

Students should possess the following before being accepted into one of our HEO Courses:

 A valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver’s License

 An interest in operating mechanical equipment

 Minimum Grade 9 Education

 Manual dexterity, good eye-hand and hand-foot coordination

 Good color, distance and depth vision

 Ability to follow instructions (verbal and hand signals)

 Physically fit with ability to adapt to rugged working conditions

 Ability to perform basic mechanical repairs and maintenance

•  Construction experience preffered

The course will combine 80 hours of classroom learning with 160 hours of practical learning.  Students will spend the first few hours of most days in the classroom and the remainder of the day in the field.  Implementing a flexible training methodology allows the instructor to alternate between the classroom and the field each day, thus keeping participants interested and permitting adjustments for poor weather conditions.  Once the 80 hours of required classroom learning is complete, the students will spend the remaining time in the field.


During the field exercises the students will be monitored on safety, attention to detail, control of machine, accuracy, production, and work habits.  Any unacceptable behaviour will be addressed immediately.  The extensive amount of field instruction allows each student ample seat time and hands-on experience.


Work in the classroom will involve a review of the skills needed to operate as an entry level HEO. This information includes details on the labour market as it pertains to a heavy equipment operator, an overview of the essential skills required on the job and the necessary knowledge required to become a successful heavy equipment operator.


The progress of each student will be documented by the instructor on a continuous basis.  The instructor will make notes regarding the students’ progress and will offer verbal feedback regularly.  We believe that feedback is essential to the advancement of the student and helps to strengthen the student-teacher relationship.


HEO Training Equipment:


•  1996 Caterpillar 163H VHP Grader

•  2015 Komatsu PC210 Excavator

•  1992 Caterpillar 963C Track Loader

•  1996 Caterpillar D250E Rock Truck

•  2008 Caterpillar D5KLGP Dozer

•  2008 Caterpillar Loader Backhoe TLB420E0

•  2014 Caterpillar 924K Wheeled Loader

To be accepted into one of our HEO courses you must:





Attend an Assessment Session. These are held regularly at the institute and are Free to attend.  At this assessment you will be informed on what, when and how we deliver our courses, given a written assessment and have a short informal interview.

Receive a “Letter of Acceptance”.  Candidates who successfully complete the assessment process will be sent a letter stating their eligibility to enrol in the program.

Secure funding by a specific date. Many funding supports are available (Employment Manitoba, WCB, MPI, Manitoba Metis Federation, First Nation groups, Self-Pay, etc.)



Check our CALENDAR for Assessment and Course Dates.

Heavy Equipment Operator Course Outline 

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All HEO Courses now include state of the art simulation training!