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Heavy Equipment Operator Course and Career Info

Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator Course and Career Info Description


Course Classification:


Course Description:

No specific education attainment is necessary to be a heavy equipment operator, as long as you know how to operate the machine. However, most employers tend to hire people though who are at least high school graduates. You will have more chances of being hired if you had some training in operating heavy equipment. There are training programs that you can take, and these short courses teach you not only how to operate heavy equipment and machinery, but they also teach you about maintenance of its parts such as the engines.

Cost of Education:

Training programs geared towards heavy equipment and machinery operation usually cost P4,000 to P6,000 for a three-month course.

Top Universities for Course:

  • If you want to enroll in a heavy equipment training program, see to it that the school or the program is TESDA accredited. Two schools that you can check out is Manantan Institute of Science and Technology as well as Monark Foundation, Inc. The former is located in Pangasinan, while the latter is in Quezon City.


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Course Skills and Factors


Skills/Physical Attributes:

  • Physically fit.
  • Mentally fit.
  • Always focused while on the job with attention to even the smallest detail.
  • Able to learn new things such as techniques as well as methods in operating machineries and equipment safely.
  • Able to learn how to operate new heavy equipment and machineries.
  • Skill in operating heavy equipment and machineries safely.
  • Skill in communicating through hand signals and radio.
  • Good knowledge in site planning as well as setup.
  • Communication skills.
  • Skill in preoperational checkups of equipment and machineries.
  • Heavy equipment maintenance skills.



  • As a heavy equipment operator, your main responsibility is to operate heavy machineries used in construction such as graders and excavators as well as backhoes and loaders. These heavy equipment are also used in structure repair and maintenance projects such as road maintenance as well as pipeline maintenance. Heavy equipment operators are also responsible for keeping records of equipment log sheets.



Career Outlook and Global Demand


Global Demand:

Heavy equipment operators can work in a lot of industry, particularly the construction industry and the mining industry. As such, they there is a good demand both locally and internationally. Overseas, the countries that are hiring Filipino heavy equipment operators are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE. Canada as well as Australia are also hiring heavy equipment operators from the Philippines.

Expected Salary:

Heavy equipment operators usually earn about P10,000 to P18,000 each month, although the salary depends upon the employer. Abroad though, the salary is about $3,000 to $6,000.

Opportunities for Advancement:

The more types of heavy equipment and machineries that you learn to operate, the more chances of advancing your career. Some highly-skilled operators advance to supervisory positions, while there are also those who become instructors for less-skilled operators.