Haul Truck Operator

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

We offer a four-week Haul Truck Operator course, which provides you with the skills and training needed to safely operate a haul truck, based on manufacturers' recommendations and industry standards. The course is made up of theory-based training, computer module training, and practical simulations and exercises.

By completing the course, you will be ready for an entry level position as a haul truck operator in the industry. You may also be eligible for a work placement opportunity with one of our industry partners. Some of our industry partners have a local residency requirement in place to be eligible for placement opportunities.   See more information under work placements below. 

For more information, view our Haul Truck Operator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), email our Haul Truck Operator admissions advisor.

Career opportunities

As a haul truck operator, you will be ready for employment with companies in mining and energy, and construction. suncor employee

Suncor is actively recruiting Heavy Equipment Operators to work with their team in Fort McMurray. They are looking for people with a strong safety mindset and at least one year of relevant experience with operating equipment. Interested? View the full posting

 Construction Company              Syncrude Mine


Admission requirements
To register for the Haul Truck Operator program, you must provide or obtain:

Before your work placement begins, you must provide or complete:

  • A Criminal Records Check
Tuition and fees
Tuition for the Haul Truck Operator program is $7,066.51 (GST included). We require a $250.00 deposit upon your acceptance into the course.

If you do not receive a work placement, you will be refunded $694.57 for the work placement fee within your tuition.

Application Process 

To apply for the Haul Truck Operator program, please send your application and documentation by mail or courier to:

Keyano College
Office of the Registrar
8115 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2H7

(Please do not email or fax your applications)

You must provide your own CSA-approved, steel-toed safety boots with an eight-inch upper and anti-skid grips before the program begins. 

Program structure

You will take part in a mixture of instructor guided and computer based learning, and use practical simulations to gain necessary training. You may also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement with one of our industry partners. The course is offered monthly between September and June. 

Please stay tuned for upcoming intake dates


Current Employment Opportunities 

Suncor’s Strategic Mining Partners are hiring new safety focused HEOs and HETs. Apply today to work at one of Suncor’s mining operations in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.


We are hosting another job fair in March of 2022 to fill the immediate openings for hundreds of HEO and HET positions with our strategic mining partners. 

For more information about  Heavy Equipment Operator please visit the indeed job search website

To find out more about Suncor's Strategic Mining Partners Hiring events visit the Hiring Day Page on the indeed website.


 2022 - 2023 intake dates
  • August 29 – September 23, 2022
  • September 26 – October 21, 2022
  • October 24 – November 18, 2022
  • November 21 – December 16, 2022
  • January 9 – February 2, 2023
  • February 6 – March 3, 2023
  • March 6 – April 31, 2023
  • April 17 – May 12, 2023
  • May 15 – June 9, 2023
  • June 12 – July 7, 2023
Course theory
You will successfully complete training and gain the necessary knowledge on:
  • Work health and safety regulations
  • Alberta Mine Safety Association Certification
  • Mining operations
  • Fatigue management
  • Resume preparation
  • Radio etiquette and communication
Computer modules
Our computer module training helps you learn the various components needed to properly and safely handle the program's equipment. We provide instructor resources to help support your computer learning.

The course's modules include:

  • Brakes System - Testing Procedure
  • Caterpillar 797 Mechanical Truck
  • Defensive Driving
  • Emergency Response
  • Field Level Risk Assessment
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Introduction to the Oil Sands
  • Komatsu 930 Electric Truck
  • Legislation Awareness
  • Loading - Dumping
  • Lube and Service
  • Machine Controls
  • Noise Hazard
  • Operator Care
  • Rules of the Road
  • Safety
  • Fatigue Management
  • Startup - Shutdown
  • Symbols - Hand Signals
  • Tire Care
  • Vital Information Management System
  • Walk-around Inspection
 Practical applications
As part of the practical component, you will engage with Caterpillar 797 and Komatsu 980e mining truck simulators. Using the simulators, you will complete 20-25 hours of exercises and emergency responses.

Schedule and location

The program is conducted at the Suncor Energy Industrial Campus, located at 160 MacKenzie Blvd. in Fort McMurray.

Work terms

After completing the program, you may be eligible for a work placement with one of our industry partners. Some of our industry partners have local residence requirements for work placements. Work placements are usually three to four months long and are fully paid, with a possible extension (however your program certificate only recognizes a three-month term completion). Rate of pay ranges from $30.00 - $40.00 per hour.

We have confirmed commitment from Suncor Energy, Syncrude Canada, and our local contract partners in the region for work placements. There would currently be two paths into the upcoming Haul Truck courses for 2021:

Suncor and Syncrude have a local resident requirement in place for employees, and you are required to be a local resident to be eligible for interview. Students  that are selected from the interviews, may be eligible for placement upon successful completion of the course and employer pre-screening prior to placement. Student work placements would be paid, and for a four to six month term.

BFI Constructors are also willing to interview candidates prior to the start of the course and may offer placements to students who reside in Fort McMurray or outside of our region upon successful completion of the course. Camp accommodations and flights are not provided. 

Should you reside outside of the Fort McMurray Region or should you happen to be unsuccessful on your interview, applicants could pursue the Student Waiver option for entry into the course.  Students that are not eligible or that were not selected for placement in their interviews may also choose to sign a waiver acknowledging that they would not be offered a placement but choose to have their resumes sent to our current partnering contract companies within the region upon successful  completion of the course.  The resumes for the students are sent to our contract partners including Fort McKay, North American, Thompson Bros and KMC Mining.  There are no guarantees for placement. 


Prerequisites for work terms

If you are eligible for a work placement with our industry partners, you may need to complete various pre-employment tests and provide them to the employer, including:

  • Medical and drug screening
  • Personality and employment testing
  • Criminal record check

Hiring Keyano College students

If you are a company looking to hire a Keyano College student from the Haul Truck Operator program, please call 780-799-8634.

News coveragepicture of haul truck from cbc article

In October 2018, Suncor generously donated a 797 Cat® Haul Truck to be used as a static training aide and display. Here is some coverage about the program and our "1.3-million-pound classroom on wheels".

Student testimonials

Brigitte's video testimonial

View Brigitte's video testimonial about the program:

Erika's testimonial

"I took the Keyano course in 2014. I had no knowledge or experience in the mining industry and was looking for a career change.

Having taken the Keyano course, it gave me knowledge, understanding, required safety training and skills to obtain full-time employment. Because of the Keyano course, I obtained full-time employment with Suncor Energy driving heavy haul trucks.

I have now been with Suncor for just over two years and I'm loving my new career. I highly recommend this course!"

- Erika

Jim's testimonial

"I took the haul truck course in January of 2015. The course was a Suncor sponsored course. I am presently working full-time as a heavy equipment operator at Suncor and loving it. I wish I could have taken the course 20 years earlier."

- Jim

Tiffany's testimonial

"I took the Haul Truck Operator course back in 2015. Since then I have been working at Suncor. I got hired full-time and my schedule is six on and six off. I LOVE my schedule, with six days off, plus vacation time and stats you get so much free time to do things such as travelling. It's wonderful.

The fact that this course is only four

weeks long and then you have an opportunity to work with companies such as Suncor and Syncrude is astonishing. You aren't just getting a new job in the end, it's a career that a lot of people dream of having. You can't beat the schedules, the work is enjoyable (nice air conditioned truck in the summer and you get to stay warm in the winter), and comfort in knowing you are setting yourself up for a great retirement!

I think taking the Haul Truck Operator course was one of the best decisions I've ever made!"

- Tiffany

Michael's testimonial

"I took the course in April 2013, did my co-op at Syncrude, Aurora and got hired in July 2014."

- Michael

Shania's testimonial

"After taking the course I was able to immediately go through the testing process for Suncor. I made it through that and was granted an interview shortly after. It was a month or so after the interview I was called back to begin my co-op term with Suncor. Now, two years late I'm still working for Suncor.

The course was an awesome way to get a foot in the door for a wicked career."

- Shania

This program is sponsored by industry partners North American Construction GroupSuncor Energy and Syncrude.