4-Piece Heavy Equipment + MELT Z

436 hours over 13 weeks

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Starts Every Monday
Graduate with a Certificate of Completion and more!

  • 4-Piece Heavy Equipment + MELT Z Certificate of Completion
  • Real-Life Practical Applications
  • Surface Miner Common Core Modules necessary to access pits and quarries
  • Approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Program Description


This 13-week program includes both classroom and practical training. The hands-on training takes place in equipment while under the instruction of a qualified trainer. Students will also engage in various classroom activities to help prepare for a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator and AZ Truck Driver.

The Four Piece Heavy Equipment 8-week portion provides students with knowledge of maintenance, walk-around inspections, workplace safety and more. Students will experience training on 4 different pieces of equipment – excavators, dozers, loaders and graders.

The MELT Z 5-week portion meets the minimum requirements as set by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s (MTO) Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) standard.  Providing students with training from experienced professionals with the opportunity to train in an inclusive and welcoming environment. 

Subjects Include

  • Employment in the Commercial Vehicle Industry
  • Vehicle Components & Systems
  • Basic Driving Techniques
  • Professional Driving Habits
  • Tractor-Trailer Off-Road Tasks and Manoeuvres
  • Documents, Paperwork, and Regulatory Requirements
  • Vehicle Inspection Activities
  • Hours of Service Compliance
  • Cargo Securement & Loss Prevention
  • Handling Emergencies
  • Air Brake
  • Introduction to Common Core Surface Miner
  • Ministry of Labour – 4-Step for Workers
  • Buried Utilities
  • Loader, Bulldozer, Excavator and Grader Operation
    • Safety
    • Walk Around
    • Inside Cab
    • Fluids and Maintenance

Course Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a minimum Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Must hold valid Ontario G drivers licence
  • Must have approved MTO medical forms that meets visual, hearing and medical requirements for a class A licence

How to apply?

Inquire online or in-person at 1 Fisher Road, Garson, Ontario P3L 1N3

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Northern Construction Academy

1 Fisher Road
Garson, Ontario P3L 1N3

Registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.