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Grader Program

The grader prepares surfaces from a rough grade to fine finishing, as well as, snow removal. Used in the construction and maintenance of roads, parking lots, and airport runways. 

The grader program at OETIO, approved as a vocational program under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005, is 240 hours over 6 weeks and includes, classroom, laboratory activities and hands-on training with emphasis on practical operating skills on a grader. Participants will take the 2 weeks Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment followed by 4 weeks of practical field training.

What Makes Our Program Successful:

  • One piece of equipment dedicated to each student 

  • 168 hours of seat time 

  • Practical Ratio: 6 participants to 1 instructor

Additional Program Information:


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  • Proof of age (over 18 years). Either birth certificate, driver’s license or passport

  • OETIO program registration form

  • Proof of education (Ontario Grade 10 transcript or equivalent) or higher

  • Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment (2 weeks)

  • Working at Heights, (8 hours)

  • First Aid/ CPR



  • $19,000

  • $13,000 for returning students who require the practical portion of the training only

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