This summer, Aurora College’s School of Trades, Apprenticeships and Industrial Training will be bringing its incredibly popular Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator program to Kátł’odeeche First Nation. The course dates are June 27 through August 9, 2022.

This in-community delivery of the Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator program will utilize a six day per week, 10 hours per day format to enable students to complete 100 hours of training on each of two selected pieces of equipment, along with 60 hours of classroom instruction within the five-week course.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early as space is limited.

***Priority will be given to Kátł’odeeche First Nation beneficiaries.***

Note: The Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator Program is limited to Class 5 equipment only. For Class 1 and 3 training, students must attend either the 6-week Class 1 Training or the full Heavy Equipment Operator Program offered at Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith.


Program Eligibility

The eligibility requirements for all three heavy equipment operator programs are the same.
Applicants may be admitted into the Heavy Equipment Operator program based one of the
following pathways: academic pathway or experiential/mature student pathway.

Academic Pathway:

Applicants may be considered for admission who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older; and
  • Have been enrolled in English 10-2; and
  • Have been enrolled in Math 10C.

Applicants who have completed the Aurora College Occupations and College
Access Program (OCAP) and have successfully completed:

  • Aurora College English 130; and
  • Aurora College Math 130.

Equivalencies and other post-secondary education may be considered.

Experiential/Mature Student Pathway:
Applicants who are 20 years or older, have been out of school for at least one
year, and have relevant work/life experience in the heavy equipment operator
field may be considered for admission. Eligibility for the program may be
determined through an interview, an assessment of reading comprehension, a
review of the applicant’s resume, or other means.

Regardless of the pathway for admission, all applicants must:

  • Submit official transcripts from high school and/or post-secondary education, as
  • Possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License prior to entry into the program. A
    probationary Class 5 Driver’s License is not acceptable. A restricted license may
    limit the applicant’s training equipment and licensing potential.
  • Submit a current driver’s license abstract (can be obtained from the GNWT
    Department of Transportation and Vehicle Licensing Office).

Depending on the applicant’s pathway, they may be requested to:

  • Submit a resume or other evidence of relevant work/life experience.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Complete an assessment of reading comprehension.

Based on screening in the above areas, applicants may be advised that they are
“conditionally accepted”. If applicants are “conditionally accepted” into the program,
they may also be required to submit proof that they have passed a Class 3 or Class 1
GNWT Driver’s Medical Exam.

NOTE 1. Applicants are not required to obtain a medical for their initial application. After
screening, applicants who will be training on Class 1 or Class 3 equipment, will be advised
to pass a Class 1 or Class 3 Driver’s Medical in order to become fully accepted in the

NOTE 2. For entry into the HEO program, either a Class 1 or Class 3 Driver’s Medical is
acceptable. The criteria for both medicals are similar, so it may be advantageous for a
student to get a Class 1 Driver’s Medical if they anticipate pursuing a Class 1 License in
the future.


For more information, please contact:

Christine Abela