Heavy Equipment Training

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Session Dates
Courses start every 6 weeks throughout the year. Enrollment pre-requisites include being at least 18 years of age and have a grade 10 level of English.

Monday, Jan 15
Monday, Feb 26
Monday, Apr 8
Tuesday, May 21
Monday, July 8
Monday, Aug 19
Monday, Sep 30
Monday, Nov 11

Jan 9      
Feb 21      
Apr 3      
May 15   
July 10   
Aug 21  
Oct 2  
Nov 13   

Jan 10
Feb 22
Apr 4
May 16
Jun 27
Aug 8
Sep 19
Oct 31
Jan 11
Feb 22
Apr 5
May 17
Jun 28
Aug 9
Sep 20
Nov 1

Heavy Equipment Course
  • Tractor Loader Backhoe (TLB)
  • Front Wheel Loader
  • Crawler Dozer
  • Excavator
  • Track Skid Steer - Basic
  • Compactor/Vibrator Sheep's Foot (Packer)

Course Outline
Knowledge Objective
Technical Learning
47.5 hours
  • Heavy Equipment Dimension & Stability
  • Machine Controls & Operation
  • Pre-trip inspection and Post-trip procedures
  • Safety, OHSA Hand Signals and Maintenance
  • Utilities, Planning the Job and Set-up
  • Personal Protection Equipment, Job site health
  • Job Site Prep & Clean-up
  • Safety meetings
  • Heavy Equipment Operating Techniques
  • Resume/Cover Letter & Job Searching
Skill Objectives
In the field
152.5 hours
  • Understand operation and maintenance manuals
  • Recognize equipment problems, complete
    maintenance, service & fuel reports
  • Complete Pre-trip/Post-trip procedures, clean,
    grease, fueling
  • Safely operate heavy equipment and use hand
  • Assess ground conditions, material
  • Understand utility markings/stakes/basic
  • Plan the job site, set up & clean-up
  • Install/remove heavy equipment attachments
  • Dig near a wall, straight wall cuts and mirror
  • Trenching, safety steps, sloping
  • Backfilling, compaction, leveling & basic grading
  • Building ramps, swales & ditches
  • Determining weight of material for tire
  • Loading and dumping with wheel loader
  • Trench crossing & maneuvers with
  • Basic Load & Secure
Proficiency Objectives entry level
  • excavator operation
  • grading and compacting
  • backhoe operation
  • loader operation
  • dozer operation
  • skid steer operation



March 20, 2020

We implemented new training procedures, and increased safety protocols, to ensure students and staff are safe from the spread of COVID-19. We are keeping the class size to a maximum of 4 students, which is smaller than usual.

The classroom/lunchroom, although clean and sanitized, will be closed temporarily to maintain social distance between staff and students. We are asking students to take their breaks in the equipment or in their vehicle. If your lunch needs to be heated in the microwave or toaster oven, one student at a time will be permitted to enter the building to prepare or to fill up their water bottle. We are asking students not to use any drive-thru-take-out facilities during this time.

The latrine is equipped with soap and water so hand washing can be done as often as is necessary and required. The latrine will also have additional sanitizing spray.

Theory testing will be done at home. You will be provided with a set of safety videos to be viewed at home. You will complete your tests at home and bring back to school. Instructor will make arrangements with you for contacting him for assistance, understanding and explanation.

Introduction to the Practical training portion, when the instructor has all students around a machine to learn the walk-around procedure, etc, social distancing is very manageable with only 4 students.

Practical training is easily delivered in isolation as every student has a dedicated machine. There is nothing considered too much or over-the-top in terms of stopping the spread and keeping you safe. We are providing students with hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray and disposable rags. We are asking the students to wipe down the door handle and the interior of the equipment each time they enter and exit the equipment. This is a safe practise to prepare the equipment for the next student scheduled to operate it.

Students will be asked, daily, about their activities the night before specifically related to any contact they may have had with someone who is a possible risk of having the virus. Questions are similar to what is broadly identified on all news stations to track the spread.

If you are unwell during any day of your training, please stay home. We will work out a make-up training schedule to ensure you complete all modules.

Everyone plays a part in keeping each other safe. We are confident that you will be safe in our training environment.

Thank you for your trust and confidence in Robar Centre.

Stay Safe!

Susan Edwards

Administrator for ROBAR CENTRE