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Great Plains College Heavy Equipment Operator program on the road to Swift Current

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Great Plains College continues to help meet increased demand for skilled graduates of the Heavy Equipment Operator program.

Following a series of offerings in west-central Saskatchewan, the next program is scheduled to take place in Swift Current. The final 2015 offering of the six-week industry-recognized training starts on Sept. 28. Through the program, students receive powered mobile equipment (PME) certification on two pieces of heavy equipment.
The vast majority of program completers are employed either directly in the field or, at minimum, are utilizing skills gained from the program at their current jobs.
“The program is designed to combine state-of-the-art simulator training, classroom instruction and a worksite project,” said Melanie Kristmanson, Great Plains College program coordinator.
Great Plains College students will be working on a road-improvement project for the worksite portion of the program.
“It is working relationships, like the ones with the communities and municipalities we are offering the program in or near, that make our Heavy Equipment Operator program a success,” said Kristmanson. “Without the work projects in place our students wouldn’t receive the critical practical training portion of our program.”
For example, in previous program offerings in Warman, students had the opportunity to apply their knowledge and work on two distinct projects. One was site preparation for city development. The second was the new toboggan hill at Prairie Oasis Park.
The course is scheduled for Sept. 28 to Nov. 6 in Swift Current and will return to Warman in the spring and summer of 2016. Anyone seeking more information about the Heavy Equipment Operator program is encouraged to contact a student adviser or visit A limited number of seats are still available for the upcoming course offerings.

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