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Dozer Program Description

Theory Component:

  • Online Self Study (1-week – 40 hours)

    • ​1 week of eLearning covering many topics, such as: Industry Sectors, Environmental Protection, GPS, Rigging, Traffic Control, and Ground Disturbance.

  • Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment (2 weeks – 54 hours)

    • ​This 2 week course is a pre-requisite to the machine specific operator training program and provides participants with the fundamentals of OHSA Reg. 213/91, safety, equipment types and components, operating techniques, transportation, and maintenance that apply to heavy equipment in the construction industry.

    • Participants also complete training in WHMIS, Working at Heights, First Aid, and CPR. 

  • Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1/2: Blended Theory & Demonstrations (1-week – 40 hours)

    • 1 week of a blended learning environment that focuses on the theory and practical components of building a road.

    • Participants will split their time between a classroom and live demonstrations of the practices required to build a road.

    • Theory subjects include, Site Assessment, Road Building, Compaction, Water and Sewer, Residential, Material Management, Soils and Aggregates, etc.


Practical Component:

  • Dozer Training (4 weeks – 166 hours):

    • Each field exercise includes an instructor-led demonstration, followed by a participant practice session with ongoing coaching, skills evaluation, and feedback from the instructor via two-way radio.

    • The construction-type field exercises progress from basic to advanced level. Introductory training on GPS and laser control systems is included.

    • Perform preoperational inspection.

    • Comply with scheduled maintenance requirements.

    • Plan work procedures

    • Comply with grades and stakes.

    • Operate dozer:

      • Set up equipment

      • Grade and layout

      • Create and maintain a working table

      • Strip surface materials

      • Rip surface materials

      • Cut and fill materials

      • Create ditches

      • Create slopes

      • Create ramps

      • Backfill excavations and trenches

    • Follow shutdown procedure

    • Load dozer on transport vehicle


Participant/Instructor Ratio:  

  • 6 participants to 1 instructor

Participant Seat Time: 

  • Participant will always be operating a dozer on a continual basis of 8 hours per day for 4 weeks of practical training

Total Program Duration:

  • 8 weeks - 300 hours


* Participants returning to be trained for another piece of equipment are exempt from the On-line Self Study (1 week) and Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment (2 weeks – 80 hours)

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