Heavy Equip Operators - Willows Construction Ltd.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018


Willows Construction Ltd. is a full service heavy construction company offering services throughout Alberta. We work in both civil and oilfield environments and have a wide range of operation locations.  We operate on three key principals: Service, Safety and Satisfaction. We understand the importance of applying all Health, Safety and Environmental procedures. Our customers’ satisfaction is a priority we take seriously.  Punctuality, respect of co-workers, cleanliness of equipment and tools and suggestions by employees all form a positive culture that Willows Construction strives for in the workplace. 

Willows Construction is currently looking for heavy equipment operators to join our team based out of Drayton Valley, Alberta.

** The preferred candidate should be a member of the Enoch Cree Nation and be prepared to present valid membership identification.

The selected candidate will be assigned to one or more work sites.  .  As an equipment operator, you will be reporting to site mentors or the site supervisor.  Work sites can be overseen by the operations manager or Chief Operations Officer and can be assessed by the company HSE Coordinator.

The applicant will have knowledge of operating equipment to the direction of the site supervisor or assigned mentor.  The role of this position is to assist in prepping work sites to completion standards.  Assisting in tasks assigned to labourers and more experienced operators may also be required.  Showing a willingness to follow instructions and learn improvements on equipment operations will advance the worker to greater work site responsibilities.


Understanding operating the equipment in a safe and efficient manner according to all relevant legislation, policies and procedures shows a desire to improve competency on the equipment. We would like to have operators that understand having clean equipment is part of the job as well as taking instructions and working as part of a team.

Typical Activities/Tasks

The daily tasks of the equipment operator involve showing up at the worksite at the designated time as advised by the site supervisor.  Site safety meetings are required of all workers to participate in as well as any task hazard assessments.  Input from all workers are invited to ensure a safe working environment. 

Daily inspections of equipment as well as proper handling and control of equipment is expected of all operators.  Follow instructions from the site supervisor as to the necessary tasks required of the operator to the development of the project.

Punctuality, respect of co-workers, cleanliness of equipment and tools and suggestions by employees all form a positive culture that Willows Construction strives for in the workplace.

An equipment operator will perform some or all of the following duties within oilfield or civil work:

  • Operate heavy equipment such as bulldozers, track hoes, and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities.

Main Activities

  • Operate all heavy equipment in a safe and efficient way according to all relevant legislation, company policies and procedures and client’s requirements
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks and participate in routine maintenance of equipment
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled and/or required
  • Advise the supervisor of any requirements for maintenance or repairs
  • Participate in workplace safety
  • Other duties as assigned

Scope of the Position

The equipment operator position requires the applicant having developed skills to operate equipment under the direction the site supervisor or with minimal supervision.  The equipment operator must be able to take instructions as given, provide feedback and demonstrate proper operation of equipment to complete assigned task(s). Physical labour and lifting may also be required. 


  • Ensure equipment readiness
  • The operator of the equipment must ensure that daily inspections have been completed on the equipment and any deficiencies have been reported to the site supervisor.
  • The equipment is cleaned regularly of any interior garbage as well as the exterior is cleared of mud and debris as instructed by the site supervisor.
  • Ensure safety requirements (Provincial, Company, Client) are met
  • Have necessary Person Protective Equipment clean and ready for daily use. The worker is responsible for supplying leather work gloves, high visibility vest and CSA approved work boots with minimum 6” ankle support.
  • All safety equipment is in good condition and is used properly.
  • Any concerns with the safe operation of equipment or the awareness of any unsafe work or acts are reported immediately to the site supervisor.
  • All first aid and any incidents are reported and necessary documentation is completed and presented to the site supervisor.
  • Ensure completion of task/projects done within timeline
  • It is expected of the equipment operator to complete assigned tasks within the time period given by the supervisor. If unable, ensure the supervisor is advised timely to provide alternative directions or assistance.

Necessary documentation

  • Documentation is required to show completion of inspections of all equipment, tools and vehicles.
  • Hazard assessments and pre-job safety meetings are to be documented and signed off prior to commencing work.
  • Any first aid or work site incident are to be reported in to your supervisor immediately and necessary reports completed.
  • Time records are properly completed, signed off by supervisor and turned into office for payroll processing.
  • HSE/HR Coordinator: On a weekly basis to assess work site safety

Training Requirements

  • Minimum Grade 10 education
  • Current safety tickets: H2S Alive, Standard First Aid & CPR/C, Ground Disturbance II and Construction Safety Training System (CSTS-09)

Other Key Skills or Knowledge

  • Selected applicant may be required to successfully pass a pre-employment, client requested, post-incident or random Drug and Alcohol Tests. Negative results from these tests may result in the applicant not obtaining a position or being removed from work sites.
  • Pre-employment physical demand testing may be required.


  • Completion of Heavy Equipment Operators course an asset.
  • Minimum 6000 hours (3 years) of competent operation on equipment: Dozer, Hoe, Grader.

How To Apply

Send resume to: [email protected] or fax 780-621-0441
Tentative Start Date: April 2, 2018
Location: Central Alberta

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