College of the Rockies Fernie campus to offer haul truck operator training

College of the Rockies Fernie campus will soon be offering Haul Truck Operator training, preparing students for work in the mining industry.

The College of the Rockies Fernie campus.

The College of the Rockies Fernie campus.

College of the Rockies Fernie campus will soon be offering Haul Truck Operator training, preparing students for work in the local and national mining industry.

The first training program will begin on June 10, with additional monthly instructional intakes starting in September at both the Fernie and Cranbrook Gold Creek campuses.

“We work closely with partners in the B.C. mining industry and the Alberta Oil Sands to ensure training is relevant to employer needs,” said Leah Bradish, College of the Rockies’ Director of Continuing Education, Contract Training, and Campus Operations. “Thousands of haul truck and heavy equipment operators will be needed in Western Canada in the next decade. College of the Rockies is excited to be offering this training to our local residents.”

In addition to the classroom-based instruction that will take place in simulators at the Cranbrook and Fernie campuses, the college has a mobile simulator that can bring the program to any location within the province.

The Fernie campus is hosting an open house on Friday, May 3 to give potential students a chance to see what the program is all about. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., anyone interested can take a test drive in one of the state-of-the-art, motion-based haul truck simulators.

For more information on the Haul Truck Operator program go to www.cotr.bc.ca/haul-truck.