240 Hour HEO Program

This program is registered with The Ministry of Advanced Education, and is designed to safely introduce new persons to the heavy equipment operating industry in a controlled environment, under the supervision of qualified instructors registered through Sask Learning.  Students are able to gain the much needed hands-on experience of operating heavy equipment, to be able to attain with confidence, future employment in the Heavy Equipment Operating Industry.

This particular program may widen employment opportunities for the student as they will have received training on a variety of powered mobile equipment upon their successful completion of the program.

Each program is approximately, but not limited to, 12 students on a first come, first served basis. Students will train on 4 pieces of equipment as follows: Excavator, Grader, Dozer Articulated Truck.  There will be a maximum of 3 students assigned per piece of equipment.

-Certificate does not expire-


20% or 48 hours allocated to in-class instruction.

In-class instruction will cover such aspects as:

• Trade Practices – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), environmental concerns, and importance of tailgate meetings, safe rigging practices and climate extremes.
• Industry Standards – Importance of good communication, International Color Code, hand signals and incident report forms.
• Equipment Components – Review of equipment manufactures service manuals, attachments and accessories.
 OH&S Regulations – Review of applicable OH&S Regulations for heavy equipment operations.

80% or 192 hours allocated to practical instruction.

In addition to machine operation, practical instruction will cover such aspects as:

• Pre-Operational Checks – To be able to complete a walk around inspection of equipment, fill-out the required equipment log books and understand the functions of all the components.
• Equipment Servicing – Knowledge of all the controls, operational functions and limitations of the equipment.  Oil changes and minor servicing if needed.
• Construction Techniques – Pre-job site safety assessment, environmental considerations, operational techniques complimenting the Pipeline Equipment Operator Trade.
• Observation & Communication – the ability to learn to communicate with individuals who are operating equipment with the use of hand signals. Observe techniques that display the capacity of each piece of equipment.


Students will train, in class and on-site, for a total of 240 hours over a 4 week period utilizing 10 hours per day, 6 days a week. The program schedule is as follows:

• Total Hours – 240 Hours
• Total Weeks – 4 Weeks
• Hours Per Day – 10 Hours/Day  7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• 6 Days Per Week – Monday through Saturday (Sunday off)


The first day of the program is Orientation.  This is an in-class day.   Transportation to and from the training site is the responsibility of the student.  Lunch will not be provided but students will receive a few breaks throughout the day.


65% of the students overall grade will be based on practical evaluations.
25% of the students overall grade will be based on written exams from in-class instruction.
10% of the students overall grade will be based on attendance.

Students must receive a total average (including written exams, practical evaluations and attendance combined) of 70% or more in order to pass successfully and receive their certificates of completion.

Students failing to attend 90% of the program (6 instructional hours per week – total 24 instructional hours per program) without reasonable explanation will forfeit their certificate of completion.

Upon successful completion, students will receive a wall size (full page) Certificate of Completion, wallet size card indicating the equipment of which they were trained on, Official Transcript & Employment Contact List w/current job postings within the industry.

Graduates will receive hours of credit which can be applied to the Pipeline Equipment Operator Trade.

*** no taxes or additional fees charged ***

Registration Fee $150
(non-refundable & due upon submission of application)

Book Fee $40
Tuition Fee $12,977
TOTAL $13,167

***For a list of potential Funding/Sponsorship options, please visit our Financial Assistance page!***

 ***T2202 – tuition tax receipt – will be provided at year end***


ALL TUITION PAYMENTS must be received by the Institute on or before the program START DATE – NO EXCEPTIONS. 

The Institute does not accept debit/credit card transactions.  Payment must be made in the form of cash, cheque, certified cheque, money order or by e-transfer to pti@sasktel.net.

* Should debit/credit be your preferred choice of payment, please visit any Canada Post office to purchase a money order in that form and forward the money order to the Institute.


For a list of intakes, please see 2021 Program Start Dates on the home page of our website or scroll to the top right of this page!