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Grader Program Description

Theory Component:

  • Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment (72 hours)

    • ​This 72 hour 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. 

Practical Component:

  • Grader Training (4 weeks – 168 hours):

    • Each field exercise includes an instructor led demonstration, followed by a student 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 a laser control system is included

    • Perform pre-operational inspection

    • Comply with scheduled maintenance requirements

    • Plan work procedures

    • Comply with grades and stakes

    • Operate Grader:

    • Set up equipment

    • Scarify and rip surface materials

    • Strip surface materials

    • Spread materials

    • Create ditches

    • Create slopes

    • Grade around a fixed object

    • Establish various grade profiles

    • Follow shutdown procedure

    • Load grader on transport vehicle


Participant/Instructor Ratio:  

  • 6 participants to 1 instructor

Participant Seat Time: 

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


Total Program Duration:

  • 6 weeks - 240 hours


* Students returning to be trained for another piece of equipment are exempt from Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment if taken within 5 years of attending training.

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