Heavy Machinery

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  1. TJ1993

    TJ1993 Bobtail Member

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    Hi,

    I have been truck driving for 6 years now. 3 years long distance and 3 years just doing local city work. I have the itch to become an owner operator but as we all know trucking is not the best at the moment and rates are generally low at the moment

    I have a question, how is working in the heavy machinery field? I mean driving equipent like bulldozer, excavator, roller etc. I have zero experience in this field but a quick google shows it pays well and better than trucking.

    Anybody here that drives such equipment? Where does one go to learn/train to drive these? Is it easy to get into this industry?

    Any help is appreciated
     
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  3. Oxbow

    Oxbow Road Train Member

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    I would recommend going to local dirt contractors and asking if they have any starting positions available. You will start at the bottom and maybe on a shovel, but gradually they will work folks with a bit of aptitude up on equipment.
     
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  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Head up north to the mines. 6 figures a year and you work a week on/week off (or something similar).
     
  5. TJ1993

    TJ1993 Bobtail Member

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    Yeah I have always wanted to go up the mines/oil patch. Just feel like I would need more experience. I have the money to pay for some training/ courses in heavy machinery but as we all know even if you pass those courses your not guaranteed a job and they can be expensive.
     
  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I wouldn't spend a penny on HEO training yet if you plan on heading to the mines. Do your research but some places might train you there. Haul truck is usually the entry level position at most mines. After some seat time with no incidents they'll usually start training you on other equipment.
     
  7. Phantom Trucker

    Phantom Trucker Medium Load Member

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    Teck Coal had an ad up the other day looking for Haul Truck operators at Elkview I think it was. (Sparwood, BC area). They’ve got 4 active coal mines between there and Elkford, BC.
     
  8. broke down plumber

    broke down plumber Medium Load Member

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    Crawlspace is bad enuff in some cases , dam a mine of any kind .
     
  9. TJ1993

    TJ1993 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks just seen the job posting. I have been around that neck of the woods. I remember seeing the worlds largest haul truck I think it was just off hwy 3.
     
  10. classicxl

    classicxl Medium Load Member

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    I might be wrong but my understanding with operating heavy equipment is you start at the bottom operating something like a skid steer and work your way up at most companies. working out of the mines where companies have a hard time getting employees you might have a better chance of operating bigger equipment
     
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  11. Phantom Trucker

    Phantom Trucker Medium Load Member

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    Haul truck positions at the Mines tend to be entry level positions.
     
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