“We learned lots. It was just the best opportunity!”

Glynda Saul

“I found out about this program from an online search. I’m learning a lot here, plus it’s great to operate the equipment.” 

Matt Downs

Program Description

If you want to jump in the seat of some serious heavy metal, this program is for you. Canada’s construction and oil/gas industries employ an arrangement of giant heavy machinery operators. These machines are designed to move extreme weight with raw power. Some of equipment may include a skid steer, compactor, loader, dozer, grader and excavator. The program is constructed to ensure entry level operators attain a professional standard in a twelve week program which includes a two week practicum. We will teach you to get the job done efficiently without compromising you and your colleagues safety on the site.

All of the equipment used in our program is supplied by Olds College industry partners. The classes boast a high instructor to student ratio to ensure hands on opportunity for all students. Advisors from the industry have indicated that our graduates have the theory equivalent to employees with two-years experience.

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Conditions and Characteristics:

Important attributes of an operator include mathematical ability, excellent vision, and a high degree of physical coordination as well as:

  • Full range of body motion; repetitive motions which specifically affect upper body use
  • Sitting for extensive periods of time on vibrating and/or bouncing machinery
  • Manual and finger dexterity as well as eye-hand and foot coordination
  • Excellent physical condition; occasional heavy and moderate physical labor required
  • Occasional lifting/carrying items up to 50 lbs/22.5 kg
  • Corrected vision and hearing within normal range
  • Good oral and written communication skills

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age upon completion of the program
  • High School Diploma or its equivalent
  • Mature students will be evaluated on an individual basis and can apply under alternate Admissions Status
  • A copy of and unrestricted Class 5 Drivers License
  • A recent copy of a Driver's Abstract (current within three months of start of the program)
  • Submit a completed personal profile

Mike Starkes
Enrolment Advisor

Phone: 1 (403) 507-7713
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 ext 7713
Fax: 1 (403) 556-4711 
Email: trades@oldscollege.ca

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