4-Piece Heavy Equipment+MELT Z

432 hours over 13 weeks

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Start Date & Locations

Starts Every Monday
Graduate with a Four Piece Heavy Equipment + MELT Z Certificate of Completion

  • Heavy Equipment portion includes 7.5 weeks practical in machine training and 3 days of in class theory
  • AZ training includes 1.5 weeks of in class theory and 3.5 weeks of behind the wheel driving
  • Textbooks included
  • Surface Miner Common Core Modules necessary to access pits and quarries included
  • One on one instruction in cab
  • Observation and use of our truck simulator are always available for no extra charge
  • 2 AZ Road Test attempts included with tuition

Program Description


Approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, this 13-week program includes both classroom and practical training. Students will engage in various activities to help prepare for a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator and AZ Truck Driver.

The Four Piece Heavy Equipment portion is 8-weeks in length and provides students with experience on 4 different pieces of equipment – excavator, dozer, loader and grader. Students will obtain knowledge of maintenance, walk-around inspections, workplace safety, operation and more.

The MELT Z (AZ) truck training portion is 5-weeks in length and provides students with the mandatory requirements as set by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s (MTO) Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) standard to obtain their AZ license. This program includes both in-class theory and practical behind the wheel training. Our trucks are all standard transmissions, ensuring that our students obtain a full AZ license without restrictions.

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
  • Loader, Bulldozer, Excavator and Grader Operation
    • Safety
    • Walk Around
    • Inside Cab
    • Fluids and Maintenance, Trenching and Buried Utilities

Course Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a minimum Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (online equivalency test available)
  • 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

Hear it from our graduates!

I choose this academy because it offered exactly that I was looking for, and after talking with other schools I felt NCA was the right fit for me.

- 2022 Graduate – 4-Piece Heavy Equipment Operator

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.