IN THE HEAVY INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, yellow iron provides the muscle and big machines rule.

Did you like playing with trucks in the sandbox as a kid? Do you like being outdoors and living in new places? Does the power of a monster truck give you goose bumps?

You can operate some of the biggest trucks in the world working in this sector. We’re talking trucks the size of two-storey houses! And there’s a ton of other ginormous equipment to get excited about, too.

But it’s not just about monster machines. Working in heavy industrial, you’ll help to build huge industrial facilities like power plants, refineries, nuclear plants, mines and oil sands installations (overview video) – all of which contribute to the everyday comforts you, and all Canadians, enjoy regularly.

Heavy haulers, used in the oil sands, are the biggest trucks in the world. 
  • The Caterpillar 797B (video), can take a payload up to 363 tonnes! That’s more than 11 times what a standard, four-axle, eight-wheel dump truck can haul.
  • Its tires stand about 13 feet tall and each one costs around $60,000.
  • These trucks are so big they can’t be driven on highways. They need to be shipped to the work site in parts.
  • Each truck costs about $5.5 million!

You could build something amazing in this sector! Check it out:

Constructing an
offshore “world”

Halifax shipyard

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About the Heavy Industrial Sector
This corporate video gives you a good idea about what heavy industrial construction is all about.
World's Biggest Trucks
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Operating Oil Sands Heavy Equipment
Meet Amber, a heavy equipment operator in the oil sands.
Next Generation Oil Sands
See what goes into building a next generation oil sands operation.