Wapiti Gravel Suppliers | Excavator Operator

Subsidiary: Colas Western Canada Inc.



4201 93 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6T4   Telephone: (780) 532-1790 

Wapiti Gravel Suppliers, a division of NPA Ltd. is one of Western Canada’s largest paving contractors, with over 700 employees helping us provide our products and services throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Our equipment fleet and shops are among the most modern in our business. We take pride in our employees and place a high-value on establishing a workplace where people are challenged and respected every day.



Are you an experienced and professional Excavator Operator looking for a change?  Do you want to be a part of a company who values your contributions and can provide lots of opportunity to learn in grow in this exciting industry?  Wapiti Gravel Suppliers is currently hiring an Excavator Operator for the Base crew for the 2023 Construction season!


The Excavator Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the excavator.  The operator uses mechanical controls to operate the boom, arm and bucket to excavate and level the ground in multiple phases of the road construction process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Operate the Hoe and other heavy equipment in a safe and appropriate manner.

  • Perform daily maintenance and safety checks of equipment.

  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment, and clean, lubricate and refill equipment as necessary.

  • Work with ground personnel in the excavation and installation process of laying pipe online and to grade.

  • Ensure trench is excavated to the proper depth/grade.

  • Responsible for placement of water, storm, and sanitary sewer pipe in the excavation.

  • Follow directions of ground crew regarding craning, gravel placement and grading.

  • Cut grade with minimal time spent on excavating to ensure production is on schedule.

  • Conduct trench work, which meets OH&S requirements.

  • Operate Hoe on public roadways, maintaining proper awareness of one’s surroundings.

  • Ensure a sound understanding of the issues involving ground disturbance.

  • Be aware of proper rigging of pipe, manhole barrels, etc. and ensure safe work procedures are followed during the lowering of materials into the excavation.

  • Perform routine cleaning and maintenance to ensure smooth operation of the Hoe.

  • Train employees in the safe and efficient operation of the Hoe.

  • Other operation related duties as required.

Qualifications | Requirements

  • High School diploma or G.E.D preferred

  • Class 5 driver’s license required

  • Minimum 3-5 years experience within the road construction industry

  • 2-3 years experience operating a Hoe is required


Working Conditions

  • Weather dependent schedule of Monday to Saturday, consisting of up to 16 hours.  Overtime is paid in accordance with local employment standards legislation.

  • Work is performed in an outdoor setting, which could include inclement weather, heat and humidity, and exposure to dust and asphalt.

  • Must be physically able to repetitively lift and carry at least 50 LBS on a regular basis.

  • Use of Personal Protection Equipment is required.

  • Must comply with the company’s drug and alcohol testing requirements.

What's In It For You?

We are pleased to offer the successful candidate an attractive wage, extended health benefits, company matching RRSP plan, educational assistance, excellent opportunities for professional growth, accommodations and Live Out Allowance may be applicable and more!


If this sounds like an exciting opportunity you would enjoy, hit the apply now button below!


Wapiti Gravel Suppliers is pleased to offer the successful candidate an attractive wage, comprehensive benefits, including a pension plan, educational assistance, excellent opportunities for professional growth, and more.

We thank all candidates for their interest in a position with Wapiti Gravel Suppliers, however, only candidates selected to move forward will be contacted.