The Heavy Equipment Operator- Tractor Loader Backhoe program is designed to provide the apprentice with the "in-school" theoretical and practical training in heavy equipment operation, designed to complement the "on-the-job" training provided by the employer. The apprentice will complete 90 hours of training at in-school with the remaining 150 hours at an actual work site.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Length: 240-hour Certificate program Location: Guelph Start: Varies Fees set by MTCU as per offer of classroom training *Books, parking fees are additional. *Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. *You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information Becoming a Journeyperson
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last 2-5 years, depending on the program. As an apprentice, about 90% of your time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of your trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or one day a week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Describe and demonstrate the proper use of personal safety equipment, mounting procedures, safe operating practices and communication methods. Interpret site plan information and government legislation.
Describe the fundamentals of earthmoving; rigging principles and procedures for loading equipment.
Describe and demonstrate pre-operation inspections for all major systems and components.
Describe and demonstrate basic preventive maintenance procedures on the major components including lubrication procedures and proper documentation.
Demonstrate the ability to safely operate the equipment commencing with start-up procedures, site planning, installing attachments and testing the equipment through to actual operation and finishing with final shutdown.
Demonstrate the ability to safely transport the equipment on the transporter beginning with the necessary preparations, loading and securing, transporting and unloading.
Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (M.T.C.U) and may be required to be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Trades.
Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099.
Conestoga College delivers the "in-school" component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. In addition, (M.T.C.U.) requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on-the-job.
Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed or expect to be employed.
Pre-Certification of Qualification
If you have more than 5 years experience working in a trade specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on eligibility criteria or to arrange to speak to an Apprenticeship Training Consultant contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. Many Ontario Colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam, it is also an excellent refresher course.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext. 6148.
Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/testing/exemption.jsp
Description: The course will teach the student to describe and demonstrate the proper use of personal protective equipment, safe operating practices and safe communication methods. Students will also be instructed on the fundamentals of earthmoving, site plan drawings and government legislation. Students will be required to describe basic rigging principles and procedures for loading equipment and attachments onto a transporter. Hours: 26 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The student will acquire the ability to describe and demonstrate and inspection procedures/processes for the following systems and their components - cooling, engine lubrication, electrical, drive train, hydraulic, suspension, cab and load bearing structure. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will ensure that students can demonstrate basic maintenance procedures on the operator station area, the front and rear steering, drives, buckets and attachments. Maintenance will also include the proper selection and use of lubricants. The student will develop, complete and maintain log sheets and develop and demonstrate a complete circle check on the equipment. Hours: 20 Credits: 1 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will teach the student to safely prepare, load, secure and unload equipment and attachments using a transporter and to actually transport a tractor loader backhoe. Hours: 12 Credits: 1 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This hands-on course will teach the student to safety perform start-up procedures, site planning and setup, install attachments and test equipment operation. The student will perform excavating and trenching operations, grading, loading, ramp building, stockpiling and backfilling operations. The student will also be required to perform hoisting and shuttling operation and equipment shutdown. Hours: 150 Credits: 8 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Job opportunities in the field include working for; construction companies, counties or municipalities.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Registration occurs after an employer is found. At that time the employer or apprentice may call the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office to request registration and have a contract prepared. Once you are a registered apprentice and have received your Offer of Classroom Training Form, classroom training fees apply. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP. You may also view the apprenticeship web site at: www.apprenticesearch.com
For more information, call the Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220, ext. 2400.
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