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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 Coordinator 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.
“We’ve all been to too many funerals of workers that involved heavy equipment. This makes them safer,” Duff said.
Safety is the key concern of all union training schools. “The union environment is like an extended family,” he added. “We encourage members to do the best they can because it’s better for them, the union and everybody.”
Unionized contractors and workers are competing with the non-union sector. So contractors want the job done correctly and efficiently.
Classes run for a week followed by job placements.
Please contact the Training Plan Coordinator by email or call 604-874-3654 for more information