Free Heavy Equipment Operator Test Questions and Answers

This page will prepare you for the Heavy Equipment Operator test. It includes a detailed guide and free heavy equipment operator questions and answers.

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 What is the Heavy Equipment Operator Test?

The Heavy Equipment Operator test is an apprenticeship entrance exam that evaluates a candidate's Verbal Reasoning, Mechanical Reasoning, and Mathematical abilities.

It is often used when testing for roles like back-hoe operator, bulldozer operator, front-end loader operator, and grader operator.

How Hard Is It to Get Into a Heavy Equipment Operator Local Union?

The Heavy Equipment apprenticeship requirements can be quite challenging and demand both physical and cognitive skills.

To better understand what local unions expect from apprenticeship candidates, let's look at an example. For instance, the Local 12 union Heavy Equipment entrance exam in Nevada.

Local 12 Apprenticeship Test

According to the Local 12 website, the heavy equipment operator union test requirements are: “Basic Verbal, Math, and Mechanical Abilities that are essential for succeeding in the apprenticeship program”.

Other program requirements:

  • Be physically able to perform the work.
  • Be a high school graduate or successfully complete the GED.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Legally be able to work in the United States.
  • Take a substance abuse test.

Free Heavy Equipment Operator Practice Test

Listed below are questions from the JobTestPrep heavy equipment operator practice tests. Put your skills to the test by solving them.

Free Mechanical Reasoning Cogwheels Practice Question

Which of the axes will turn slowest?

Please select a single answer from the options listed.

A. 1.
B. 2.
C. 3.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

In this question three wheels, each surrounding an axis, are connected by two belts.

When two wheels of unequal diameters are combined in a system, the wheel with the larger diameter rotates slower.

The reason is that a larger wheel has a greater circumference and therefore covers a greater distance for every single revolution, whereas a smaller wheel has to turn more than one revolution in order to cover the same distance.

In this question wheel, 3 has a larger diameter than wheels 1 or 2 and will therefore rotate the slowest.

The correct answer is 3.

Ask Yourself: What happens to the rotation speed of two wheels of unequal diameters when they are combined in a system, and what is the reason behind it?

Free Math Word Problem Practice Question

A new TV, worth $500, loses $75 in value every year. If T represents the number of years since the purchase of the new TV, which of the following expressions represents the value of the TV at time T?

A. 75$ - 500$T
B. 75$ + 500$T
C. 500$ - 75$T
D. 500$ + 75$T
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (C).

If the $500 TV loses $75 every year, then the expression representing the value of the TV is $500 - $75T.

In order to solve word problem math questions, you must first understand what the problem is asking you to do. Once you understand the question, identify the most important information. Look for numbers, units, and other important details.

Free Reading Comprehension Practice Question

The first step to handle a cash register is programming it based on the instructions of the manufacturer.

For corresponding to the different compartments, you should designate the numbers of categories on the keypad. For each category, enter a certain amount of sales tax. Then, you should load the tape from the cash register.

After entering the price, hit the button that corresponds to the category of the products. Then, you can hit the button of subtotal. If there is any discount on the transaction, hit the button that corresponds to the amount of discounts and press the button of subtotal again.

In which case will the subtotal button be pressed twice?

A.When tax must be added to the sum.
B. When a purchase entitles a discount.
C. When two category products were included.
D. When the tape was not loaded appropriately.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (B).

The passage mentions only one scenario in which the subtotal button is pressed more than once – when there is a discount: "Then, you can hit the subtotal button. If there is any discount on the transaction, hit the button that corresponds to the amount of discount and press the subtotal button again."

When solving reading comprehension questions look for context clues. Words and phrases around the question may provide clues to the answer. In some passages, the answer is explicitly stated, but in others, you will need to use context clues to figure it out.

Online Preparation for the Operators Aptitude Test

The preparation pack this page offers gives you full and complete preparation for your upcoming exam. Here is what you'll get with this PrepPack™:

Complete written exam coverage: The more practice exams you take for each subject, the more confident you will be when you take the actual exam.

Full solutions for each question: In order to help you get the best score possible, each question comes with a detailed solution and explanation.


Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Test Format

Preparation for the Heavy Equipment Operator apprenticeship aptitude test can contribute significantly to a successful result.

While the format may vary from local union to local union, the test content is generally similar to what is used in other pre-apprenticeship aptitude tests like the EIAT Test or the IBEW Aptitude Test (get free IBEW practice). You can expect to be tested on three main subjects:

  • Mechanical Reasoning– This section will assess your understanding of Basic Mechanical Concepts and tools, as well as your ability to interpret Graphs and Diagrams.
  • Reading Comprehension– The English portion of the test contains questions measuring your spelling and reading comprehension skills.
  • Mathematical Reasoning– This section will test your understanding of Numeracy, Basic Arithmetic, Basic and Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, Conversions, and Word Problems.

The purpose of this test is to assess a candidate's potential to successfully complete an apprenticeship; the test does not include college-level material.

Taking a Heavy Equipment Operator practice exam and reviewing a Heavy Equipment Operator exam study guide will help you familiarize yourself with the types of questions and test format you can expect to encounter on the actual exam.

Test preparation will also highlight the subject areas for which you need further practice. Another type of test related to this is the CAST test that you can check out here.

Alberta AIT Assessment

If you wish to join a Canadian Heavy Equipment Operator apprenticeship or foundation, you may need to take the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) assessment. The AIT has five clusters, and each pertains to a different set of trades. The Heavy Equipment Operator belongs to the third cluster.

Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Test Preparation

Passing the heavy equipment operator written test is an important step necessary for launching your career as a heavy equipment operator.

JobTestPrep offers a Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Practice Pack that includes plenty of operating engineers apprenticeship practice test questions, score analysis, and thorough study guides, all geared to your exam success.

Preparation is the key to optimizing your chances of becoming a Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice.



What Is the Heavy Equipment Operator Skills Test?

This is an exam that tests the worker’s knowledge of specific nuances in equipment operation

The questions usually include an action with a list of sub-actions that the testee need to rank as acceptable or unacceptable.

What Is the Heavy Equipment Operator Competency Checklist?

It’s a checklist filled by a supervisor which assesses a worker's overall functionality and skills and includes items like 

  • Knowledge of load chart, manufacturer manual, safe work practices, and procedures related to equipment operation, care, and maintenance.
  • Movement of controls – smoothness.
  • Knowledge of overhead hazards safe work practice, i.e. power lines.
  • Understands accident, incident, near-miss, and spill reporting procedures.

What Is the Heavy Equipment Safety Quiz?

A heavy equipment safety quiz is a test or assessment designed to evaluate a person's knowledge and understanding of safety practices and procedures when working with heavy equipment.

This quiz typically includes questions about various types of heavy equipment, their functions, and the safety precautions that should be taken when operating them.

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