Heavy Equipment Operators and Skilled Labourers


Reference number: DND22J-077795-000016
Selection process number: 22-DND-EA-NAST-497908

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

There are positions immediately available in:
– Petawawa, ON
– Valcartier, QC
– Montréal, QC
– St-Jean-Sur Richelieu, QC
– Bagotville, QC
– Greenwood, NS

Work environment

The Department of National Defence (DND) is one of the largest federal government employers, offering over 70 types of civilian career opportunities. DND’s role is to provide services and support to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in their operations and missions at home and abroad. The civilian workforce is an essential part of the Defence Team. Your knowledge and expertise contribute to the overall mission. In this regard, the department fosters a work environment where you have opportunities to learn, develop your talents, progress in your career, and have job satisfaction over the long term.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training, and/or experience related to the field of general labor.

Possession of a valid unrestricted Class 3 (DZ in Ontario) Driver’s License with air brake endorsement valid in the province of work

🚌Note: This specific criteria is for Cargo and Passengers stream only:
Possession of a valid unrestricted Class 1 (Class A in Ontario) Driver’s License with air brake endorsement valid in the province of work

Degree equivalency


 -Experience as a laborer;
– Experience in operating and maintaining various manuals, electric and/or mechanical tools;
– Experience in operating 50–75 HP motorized equipment and vehicles.
– Experience operating tractor-trailers or highway passenger buses/school buses.
– At least two years experience within the past five years in the operation of a variety of heavy equipment, including but not limited to: Dump Trucks, Front End Loader, Bulldozer, Backhoe, Excavator, or Grader.

🚌Note: This specific criteria is for Cargo and Passengers stream only:
At least two years experience within the past five years operating and driving a tractor-trailer and a passengers vehicles rated for 21 passengers or more.

The following will be applied/assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
English or French Essential

Information on language requirements

– Shows Initiative and Takes Action
– Thinks Things Through
– Works Effectively with Others
– Demonstrates Integrity and Respect
– Communication

The following may be applied/assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

– High school diploma from a Canadian province, or;
– Vocational diploma in heavy equipment operation or the equivalent from any province

🚌Note: This specific criteria is for Cargo and Passengers:
– Hold a Professional truck driving Diploma in or the equivalent from any province.

Degree equivalency

– Experience in industrial snow-clearing
– Experience working in snow and ice control operations
– Experience in road maintenance
– Experience maintaining unpaved surfaces
– Experience performing operator inspections and daily maintenance on a variety of heavy equipment
– Experience in maintaining driver logs, defect sheets, and other applicable documentation
– Experience working or volunteering in a mixed military/civilian environment

🚌Note: The following specific criteria are for Cargo and Passengers:
– Experience loading and unloading cargo
– Experience driving a Bus for more than 21 passengers
– Experience operating a forklift up to 36000 lbs.
– Experience driving a tractor-trailer
– Experience providing training and individual evaluation

Depending on the position being staffed:
– Additional qualifications may be required for some positions and you may be contacted and asked to submit information or to be further assessed against these qualifications
– Asset qualifications can be applied as essential qualifications as identified by the hiring manager

– Willingness to obtain and retain a DND 404 driver’s license
– Overtime may be required
– Shift work may be required
– Callbacks may be required
– Willing and able to work evenings, nights, and weekends
– Willing and able to travel, and work overtime if required.
– Must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required

Managers may establish operational requirements specific to the position being staffed. These requirements will be communicated to the candidates considered for that specific appointment.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Conditions of employment
– Possession of a valid DZ Driver’s License without restrictions from the province of Ontario or another provincial or territorial equivalent
– Must be able and available to work shift work, weekends, overtime, and stand by as required and sometimes on short notice
– Eligibility and willingness to obtain and maintain a valid departmental driver’s license (DND 404)
– Able to safely perform a variety of physically demanding tasks including lifting up to 30 kg, climbing ladders, working on uneven surfaces, and sitting for periods of 4-5 hours on a daily basis
– Must be able to travel within the provinces of Quebec and Ontario and across Canada.
– Current and up-to-date driver’s abstract from the candidate’s provincial transportation authority showing evidence of a satisfactory and safe driving record for the last three years.

🚌Note: These specific conditions are for Cargo and Passengers:
– Holder of a valid class 1 driver’s license.
– Be willing to have a medical examination.

Managers may establish other conditions of employment specific to the position being staffed. These conditions will be communicated to the candidates considered for that specific appointment.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

1. Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

2. All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to the close of the process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

3. A variety of assessment tools may be used. This may include application screening, interviews, role-play scenarios, written assessments, reference checks, board knowledge, interactions with internal staff during the process, etc.

4. Top-down selection may be used during any stage of the selection process.

5. Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
a. Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team;
b. Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed;
c. Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience;
d. Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.
e. Organizational needs, including Employment Equity.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference for veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information