Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Prep

What is the Heavy Equipment Operator Union Test?

Heavy equipment operators maintain, repair, and maneuver heavy machinery while taking into consideration every safety measure possible. They also calculate weights and analyze blueprints. Heavy equipment operators work with various types of machinery — such as bulldozers, graders, hoists, cranes, backhoes, excavators, and forklifts — as they transport materials, build and install constructions, pave roads, and more.

This field of apprenticeship can be very exciting for candidates interested in working with many different types of machinery while also enjoying the outdoors. If you wish to become a Heavy Equipment Operator, you may have to first pass a pre-apprenticeship test.

Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Test

Preparation for the Heavy Equipment Operator apprenticeship aptitude test can contribute significantly to a successful result. While the format may vary from local to local, 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. 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. 

Heavy Equipment Operator Test Questions and Answers

Take a look at some of these sample questions: 

In which direction will the baton go if the runner hits the hurdle? (If neither, mark C.)

Running man

The correct answer is A.

If the runner hits the hurdle and stops, he will be decelerating. Therefore, the baton will accelerate in the opposite direction, meaning forwards. That happens when an object is located in an accelerating system, in the same way, you feel yourself pulled backwards when the car is speeding up or forwards when it is braking.

The physical principle behind the question is this: When an object is located within an accelerating system (another object that accelerates or decelerates), the force on the inner object will be in the direction opposite to the system’s acceleration.


Verbal Reasoning Sample Questions:

Open to Practice

Companies wishing to increase their growing pace occasionally use the method of franchising which provides a new owner with the permit to use their business identity and in return to purchase products exclusively from the company. However, most companies will aim to minimize the use of this method and often prefer the expansion of the companies' own branches. Companies who have previously used franchising learnt the essential need to monitor the business operation of the franchised branch. Difficulties arise from franchisees and companies disagreeing on business policies such as customer care, service delivery efficiency and quality of human interaction. Inadequate attention to the monitoring of franchisees on the part of the companies is typically the cause of subsequent problems.

Questions and Answers

Q1. All companies are now more aware of the need to monitor franchisees.

  • a) True
  • b) False
  • c) Cannot Say


We know that "most companies will aim to minimize the use of this method" and that "Companies who have previously used franchising have learned the essential need to monitor the business operations of the franchised branch". However, the text doesn’t mention companies that have never franchised beforehand. Therefore, this saying cannot be generalized to all companies. For instance, it could be that franchising companies have become more aware of the need to monitor, while the opposite trend has gone on with all other companies.

The answer is: Cannot Say

Q2. Franchisees may have different views than the 'mother' company on how to manage the franchised business.

  • a) True
  • b) False
  • c) Cannot say


The text clearly states that, "Difficulties arise when franchisees and companies disagree on business policies…".

The answer is: True.

Q3. Franchising is likely to become the most popular method of increasing business expansion.

  • a) True
  • b) False
  • c) Cannot say


The text states clearly that most companies will, "… aim to minimize the use of this method”. Therefore, franchising is not likely to become the most popular method of increasing business expansion.

The answer is: False.


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 Apprenticeship Test is an important step necessary for launching your career as an apprentice. JobTestPrep offers a Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Practice Pack that includes plenty of practice and aptitude tests, 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.

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