Heavy Equipment Operator

R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd. is marine construction and demolition company, headquartered in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. We’re currently looking for a Heavy Equipment Operator.

Job Description for Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator, Loader, Dozer):


Heavy Equipment Operators perform some and/or all of the following duties:

  1. Move, Load and Grade earth, rock, gravel and other materials during land-based and marine construction projects.
  2. Clear bush, stumps and logs to build temporary and/or permanent roadways.
  3. Operates heavy equipment to move, load and unload cargo on or off of trucks and/or barges for land-based and/or marine based construction projects.
  4. Operates equipment to on Land-based and/or Marine based dredging projects to deepen waterways.
  5. Operates heavy equipment to reclaim earth fill operations.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a safe operating area for safety of self, co-workers, clients and general public.
  • Report any unsafe operating hazards to the project superintendent immediately.
  • Conduct daily hazard assessment of immediate work area noting all hazards. Adjusting work methology accordingly and reporting all hazards to project superintendent.
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment. Report any and all issues to the project superintendent for repair and/or replacement.
  • Ensure equipment has adequate fuel to perform daily assignments. Notify Project Superintendent immediately in the AM if not.
  • Maintain a clean cab, lubricate equipment and refill equipment fluids levels.
  • Take direction from Project Superintendent on daily and weekly work plan.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Project Superintendent.

Weekly Responsibilities:

  • Submit at the week’s end all Pre-Operational checks to Project Superintendent.
  • Attend and participate in Weekly Tool-Box Safety meetings. Report and contribute to all safety issues.
  • Inspect equipment booms, buckets, sticks and hoses.

Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Move idlers in and out on all tracked equipment. Adjust as necessary.

On-Going Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining a Safety Focused Operating Culture.
  • Maintains a Quality-Client Focused Operating Culture.
  • Maintains a Cost Reduction and Profitability Operating Culture.
  • Maintain and follow all company policies and procedures.
  • Maintain positive and professional relationships with Clients, Co-Workers, Supervisors, Management and Regulatory Officials.

Personal Conduct Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a positive attitude.
  • Shows respect to coworkers and company structure.
  • Co-operates with other Co-Workers.
  • Performs position functions without supervision.
  • Displays initiative in performing work functions.
  • Exercises prudent judgement.
  • Meets goals when personal commitment is made.
  • Displays concern for Company cost control and profit contribution.

Terms of Employment:

  • As per Letter of Engagement.
  • Wages per Company Wage Scales.


  • Varies though out Atlantic Canada with Construction Projects. Willingness and availability to travel is a must

Reports to:

  • Construction Manager and/or Construction Site Superintendent

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • The position has no supervisory responsibilities for direct and/or indirect reports.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Some High School, trade, vocational and/or technical training.


  • Heavy Equipment Operator Trade Certificate
  • Occupational Health and Safety Certificate.
  • WHMIS Training
  • First Aid & CPR Certificate
  • Power-Line Hazardous Training
  • Drivers License (Class 1 or 3) with Air Brake endorsement.


  • 5 to 10 years preferred.
  • Backhoe, Excavator and/or Loader.
  • Sloping, Banking, Backfilling, Demolition, Excavating, Grading, Trenching and Dredging.
  • Cleaning and Maintaining Equipment.
  • Minor Repairs.
  • Reading Blueprints and Specifications is beneficial.
  • Maintaining Log-Books.

Other Requirements:

  • Clean Driving Record and Abstract.
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Abstract.
  • Ability to travel and Work Out-Doors in a Marine Environment.