Friday, July 26th, 2013

New Haul Truck Program Should Help Fill Needs In Mining Industry

Trucking Program

The College of New Caledonia introduces its new Haul Truck Operator Program.

The College of New Caledonia has teamed up with College of the Rockies to bring the Haul Truck Operator Program to Northern B.C. in September 2013.  Situated in the town of Mackenzie in the Peace River region, the program will teach the skills needed to operate a haul truck.  After completion of the program, students will be qualified for entry-level employment.

The program comes just in time, as the Mining Industry Human Resources Council anticipates a significant growth for truck drivers in the mining industry through to 2021.

“College of the Rockies is excited to partner with CNC to make this training available to those in northern B.C.,” says Leah Bradish, Director of Continuing Education, Contract Training and Campus Operations at College of the Rockies. “We work closely with partners in the B.C. mining and the Alberta oil sands industries to ensure training is relevant to employer needs.  Thousands of haul truck and heavy equipment operators will be needed in Western Canada in the next decade.”

The four-week training program begins September 9th, 2013 at the Mackenzie Campus and continues through to October 4th, 2013, with additional intakes planned for 2014.

The instruction will be classroom, computer-based training and an Immersive Technologies mobile simulator will be utilized for further instruction. This state-of-the-art simulator allows for hands-on training utilizing advanced screen display technology for a true-to-life 180-degree visual experience. Graduates will get a number of safety tickets, including Fall Protection and their Mine Supervisor Certificate.

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Jerri Carson
Author: Jerri Carson
Jerri is a graduate of the University of Victoria.  She teaches primary music and choir at SD61 in Victoria, B.C.  
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