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Program Overview

Syncrude Heavy Equipment Operator  

Heavy equipment operators drive and operate many different types of equipment including: heavy hauler trucks, crawler dozers, graders, hydraulic and electric shovels, as well as other heavy equipment up to 400 tons.

The Syncrude Heavy Equipment Operator Program is a two week classroom training program to prepare women to begin their careers as a heavy equipment operator. This is a competitive program, with 16 seats available, and tuition is covered by Syncrude for successful applicants. Classroom training consists of two weeks in Fort McMurray, followed by fully paid, hands-on field training with Syncrude starting in January.

The outcomes of the program are to: 

  • Introduce students to the Syncrude and the oil sands mining industry.

  • Provide students with the necessary safety training and safety awareness expected by Syncrude.

  • Provide students with a realistic understanding of the work performed by a Heavy Equipment Operator, Best Practices for Working in Construction and how to succeed in building a career in this occupation.

  • Provide hands-on career development training that will enable students to compete successfully for jobs.

  • Provide job retention support for the graduate and the employer.

  • Provide financial preparedness instruction to guide the student to plan achieve financial goals.

During the 364 day co-op, participants will have on-going coaching from WBF to support retention and long term success. 

Certificates included with this program:

  • Standard First Aid - CPR A & AED


  • Fire Extinguisher Training

  • (CSO) Common Safety Orientation

Applications requirements include:

  • Proof of residency for Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Current Resume

  • Career Investigation Report (2 interviews)

  • Class 5 AB DL (WBR Address)

  • Online Assessments (ESG)

  • Successfully pass drug, alcohol and fitness testing

  • Test of Workplace Essential Skills



Uncertain which program is right for you? Log into the MY WBF portal to access our Program Finder and Trades Exploration Tools to help you find the program that is right for you.

Take the MY WBF tour to learn how to set up an account, register for an information session and how to apply.