Plant Operators are persons who are responsible for the daily operation of one or more of the following classifications of plants: aggregate, asphalt or concrete. Duties include the safe handling of materials (both raw and finished product), quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs. In newer plants, these duties are performed in a computerized environment. The Plant Operator may be required to relieve the loader operator.
Plant Operators must be physically capable of performing tasks in all types of weather, over long hours (including shift-work and out of town) in a hazardous environment (high voltage, moving components such as gears and conveyors) and under the stress of production demands.
Plant Operators will also possess good interpersonal and communications skills in order to facilitate dealings with suppliers, clients, consultants, co-workers and all levels of management. Demonstrated mechanical and electrical aptitudes are both essential to becoming a Plant Operator.
- Maintenance and Repairs
- Environmental Concerns
- Loader Operation
- Applicable Regulations
- Principles of Operation
- Plant Mechanical & Electrical Components
- Raw Materials and Product
- Successful Completion of Trade Assessment Exam
- BC Driver’s License (air brakes endorsement recommended
- Minimum Grade 10 (or equivalent)
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Students will write theory examinations and will also be assessed on job performance standards. Punctuality, attendance and attitude will also be considered in determining the final course grade. Wallet cards and certificates of completion will be issued upon successful completion of the course.
Level of Competency
The course will provide the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills for entry level into the trade. Further on-the-job experience will be required to advance to the position of Journey-person Plant Operator.
Note: Students must attain marks of 70% or more (criteria established according to standards) for theory and practical assessments. Complete an Application for Training and submit it to the nearest IUOE Local 115 office to be forwarded to the Operating Engineers Training Plan. Include, with your application a resume, appropriate reference materials, a copy of your Driver’s License.
Successful completion (70%) of the OETA Trade Assessment Examination is required. Examinations are scheduled by the OETP at any Operating Engineer’s offices.
Examination subject areas:
Trade Mathematics (possible score of 40)
Basic Trade Science (possible score of 20)
Mechanical Aptitude & Space Relations (possible score of 26)
Reading Skills (possible score of 14)
When completed, this application must be submitted to the Training Coordinator. Please ensure you attach a copy of your resume, reference material, driver’s license, etc.
Qualified applicants files will go before a selection committee. Successful applicants will be assigned to the class upon confirmation of their ability to attend.
JEFF GORHAM (604) 473-5255
RANDY GRISEWOOD (604) 473-5270