Heavy Equipment Operator

ConstructionFull TimeWhistler, BC

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At Coastal Mountain Excavations success means growing our business by growing our people. We believe employees are self motivated to achieve mutually agreed goals when their core values align with those of the company: professionalism, strong work ethic, honesty, reliability, problem solving, and attention to detail.

We work with private developers, strata corporations, public entities, and individuals in civil construction and snow services to build an excellent company, people, relationships, and results. As an employee you will foster and promote our core values within the support of our strong team environment.

Functional Role

As the Heavy Equipment Operator you safely operate articulated rock trucks, tractor-loader-backhoes, excavators, and dozers used in land clearing activities and the construction of roads, utilities, buildings to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials. You are also responsible for the basic maintenance of equipment, safety around equipment, and the compliance of markers, grades, and stakes. The Civil Construction Pipe Layer must perform all work to regulated organizational as well as provincial and federal standards and procedures and have the ability to adhere to the highest standards of safety.


  • Valid Class 5 BC Drivers’ Licence
  • Grade 12 diploma
  • College or industry courses in heavy equipment operating an asset
  • Trade or Red Seal certification an asset

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

The Heavy Equipment Operator will demonstrate the following abilities in their daily work:

  • Demonstrates basic operating skills, minimum 600 hours excavator, 200 hours loader
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of safety requirements on job sites including basic requirements for personal protection, safe equipment operations and maintenance
  • Demonstrates functional knowledge of heavy equipment uses and their drive and hydraulic systems
  • Demonstrates basic operating techniques including prestart checks of a machine’s hardware (frame, body panels, tires or tracks, and safety equipment), driveline components, hydraulic system components, electrical components and controls
  • Displays understanding how to safely start, move, steer, stop, and shut down different machine types
  • Demonstrates understanding of duties and responsibilities of the operator, safety rules for operation, the attachment of implements, and basic preventive maintenance practices
  • Demonstrates broad understanding to the process of planning and executing earth moving activities on various types of construction projects
  • Demonstrates broad understanding of the concept of preparing graded surfaces using heavy equipment including identification of construction stakes and interpretation of marks on each type of stake and the process for grading slope
  • Physically demanding:
  1. Frequently rotating (right/left) – check/see mirrors, blind spot
  2. Repeating the same movement – body rotation, feet and hand control
  3. Sitting for long periods of time
  4. Climbing – stairs/ladders; getting in and out of equipment
  • Customer service skills including the ability to communicate effectively with the general public
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with other Snow Services and Coastal Mountain Excavations employees

Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 2

All skills, knowledge, and abilities of the Heavy Equipment Operator plus:

  • Minimum 3 years operating experience on excavator or backhoe
  • Experience with backfilling, demolition, ditching, excavating, land clearing, trenching, stock piling, material handling
  • Problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, job task planning and organizing

Heavy Equipment Operator – level 3

All skills, knowledge, and abilities of the Heavy Equipment Operator 2 plus:

  • Minimum 5 years operating experience on excavator
  • Expert level proficiency
  • Leadership

Reporting Relationships

The Heavy Equipment Operator reports to the Operations Manager.

Hours of Work

  • Generally, 7:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday
  • Overtime required during busy construction periods


  • Very competitive hourly rate
  • Extended health and dental benefits after 180-day waiting period

Visa Requirements

You must be legally eligible to work in Canada


The Heavy Equipment Operator is responsible for the following:

  • Checks daily work schedule
  • Perform routine machine maintenance and check-in procedures at the start and check-out procedures at end of shift including changing vehicle fluids, fueling, greasing – all maintenance other than that performed at the start and end of a shift needs to be authorized by the Chief Mechanic
  • Keep equipment clean inside and out
  • Always operate machine in a safe and legal manner; be alert to hazards and follow safe work procedures
  • Understands complete scope of work
  • Able to read and understand layout information in conjunction with plans
  • Able to get maximum productivity out of equipment without abusing it
  • Organize necessary materials
  • Trench excavation on grade
  • Bulk excavation in a rational manner
  • Backfilling
  • Landscaping/Grading
  • Equipment specific task
  • Loading trucks
  • Complete daily paperwork in an orderly, logical and legible fashion including all pertinent information
  • Ensures customer satisfaction by displaying a courteous and friendly demeanor
  • Ensures on-site quality control
  • Always maintain personal safety gear (hard hat, hi-vis vest, steel toed boots)

Coastal Mountain Excavations recognizes the importance of a diversified workforce.