Grader / Heavy Equipment Operator
National Defence
Wainwright, AB
National Defence (Public Service Employees)
Suffield (Alberta), Wainwright (Alberta)
$23.46 to $25.48 per hour (Under review)
For further information on the organization, please visit National Defence (Public Service Employees)

Closing date: N/A

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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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.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

IMPORTANT: In person driving and lifting tests will be conducted in Suffield, AB or Wainwright, AB. If applicable, candidates will be responsible for all costs associated with travel for such assessments.

The FIRST EXTRACTION of applications is scheduled for JANUARY 29, 2019. Subsequent extractions will take place on an "as and when needed" basis.

For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes (including issuing screening results, and sending invitations for written tests and interviews). Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.

Your application in this inventory will be active for 90 days. A notice that your application is about to expire will be posted to the My Jobs menu of your account 30 days before the end of your active period. If you do not take action, your application will no longer be active and therefore no longer considered for this inventory. Should your application become inactive while the process is still open, a notice will be posted to your account indicating that your application has expired; you may select the link Update my Inventory Status to reaffirm your interest.

Operates heavy, medium, and light duty vehicles for the purposes of maintaining infrastructure, grading roads, moving earth, snow removal, transportation of tractor trailer loaded equipments and personnel, and general maintenance machinery.

Work environment
The Department of National Defence (DND) is one of the largest federal government employers. DNDs role is to provide services and support to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in their operations and missions at home and abroad. As a civilian employee, you will be an important part of the Defence Team.

CFB Suffield is considered to be a semi-isolated base. We are located approximately 50 kms north west of the City of Medicine Hat in the southeast corner of Alberta. Most of the civilian personnel who work at the base live either in Medicine Hat or in the small town of Redcliff just to the west of the Medicine Hat city limits. This is an important point to note as there is no accommodation on the base and there is no public transportation to the base. Personnel either drive their own vehicle or car pool with others. Commuting assistance is provided for employees who live in Medicine Hat or Redcliff. For other information on the City of Medicine Hat, I suggest you look at their website at For information on CFB Suffield, please visit:

Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit (CFB/ASU) Wainwright is one of the busiest Army bases in Canada. It is home to the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre and the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre, and it is the preferred training ground for the Army’s field force units based in Edmonton. The base is located in Alberta, 210 kilometres east of Edmonton and 110 kilometres southwest of Lloydminster. The Town of Wainwright sits immediately to the north of the base. Members of the base reside in several of the surrounding communities, but there is also a distinct residential community for the families of the serving military members located on the base proper. For information on ASU Wainwright, please visit

Intent of the process
A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions (including lower-level positions) on an permanent, temporary, or casual basis with various security requirements. Not all applications will be processed at the same time; assessments will be completed on an as needed basis.
Positions to be filled: 4

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Possession of a valid unrestricted Class 1 driver’s licence with air brake endorsement valid in the province of work.
Note: Restriction number one (glasses) is not applicable.

Experience in the operation of a grader

Experience in at least 1 of the following heavy equipment: front-end loader, backhoe, bulldozer or dump truck

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

Information on language requirements

Ability to complete a road test on the grader and 1 piece of heavy equipment as per candidate’s experience
Ability to carry out and operate the daily inspections of heavy equipment and identify equipment malfunctions
Ability to demonstrate proper lifting techniques for changing cutting edge
Ability to lift 25 kg
Ability to communicate orally

Safety Oriented

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

Possess valid certification in one or more of the following:
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Forklift Certification
  • Heavy Equipment Certification Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Snow and Ice Ops
  • Other certificates related to the position
Experience in long haul driving
Experience in the transportation of dangerous goods
Experience in snow removal operations
Experience in basic road construction
Experience in road maintenance

Operational Requirements:
Must be willing to work a shift schedule
Must be willing and able to work overtime as authorized
Willing and able to attend employer directed training
Willing and able to perform tractor trailer assignments
Willing and able to work in adverse weather conditions
Willing and able to obtain and retain a DND 404
Willing and able to maintain and produce a driver’s log book
Must wear CSA approved safety footwear and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
Lift and carry items weighing up to 25 kg in accordance with general safety practices as required

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

Must be willing to work a shift schedule
Must be willing and able to work overtime as authorized
Willing and able to work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
Possession of a valid unrestricted Class 1 driver’s licence with air brake endorsement valid in the province of work
Willing and able to obtain and retain a DND 404
An acceptable driver's abstract provided within 30 days of request, dated no earlier than 30 days prior to the request. Acceptable as determined by management.

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

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

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

Information on the preference to veterans

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