The Teamsters Local 213 mobile training unit is on the road and helping union members upgrade their training close to home or on their job sites.
The Joint Training School’s training trailer is equipped with three simulators fitted with controls, views of what might be seen through the windshields, and motion platforms that mimic the vibrations, dips and tips of rock trucks, excavators, and small-wheel loaders.
“For a beginner, it’s perfect,” said training co-ordinator Rob Duff.
Driving a rock truck for the first time can be unnerving because the ground is often very uneven and there are so many things to consider.
“This is a stepping stone,” he said. “I would have them sit at the controls for a day or two before they’re given the keys. It’s all about muscle memory. You have to be watching what’s going on outside. You can’t be looking at the controls. It’s all about safety, safety, safety.”
Safety is the key component of all union training schools.
Classes run for a week followed by job placements.
For more information about how to upgrade your training, call 604-874-3654 or send an email.