Canadian colleges are receiving a windfall in government funding for heavy equipment technician programs according to an article published in a Daily Commercial News and Construction Record a Canadian publication.
Thus far the U.S. has relied heavily on private training to teach heavy equipment technicians and operators. Today the majority of heavy equipment technicians and operators are trained through a handful of private schools and public schools. This Canadian emphasis on financial assistance directly to institutions indicates the need for additional heavy equipment related training by our northern neighbors. Perhaps this is directly related to the heavy oil sands in western Canada.
The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, NAHETS, placed an outside representative in the Canadian province of Alberta and is currently working with large employers including Exxon, Mobile and BP. With a home base in Edmonton, Kim Harrold is in the staging process of creating a heavy equipment operator conduit to those companies seeking highly skilled heavy equipment operators in the U.S. Kim Harrold can be reached at:
Kim Harrold, NAHETS Canada
National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools
Tel: (780) 719-4710
Fax: (780) 481-8385