Plant Operator

IUOE 115 Plant Operator training

Course Length

3 Weeks. This course is not currently scheduled for 2018. However, training may be arranged if there is interest from members or signatory employers.

Job Description

Plant Operators are responsible for operating one or more of the following types of plants: aggregate, asphalt or concrete. Duties include the safe handling of materials (raw and finished product), quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs. In newer plants, these duties are performed in a computerized environment. The Plant Operator may be required to relieve the loader operator.

Plant Operators must be physically capable of performing tasks in all types of weather, over long hours (including shift-work and out of town), in a hazardous environment (high voltage, moving components such as gears and conveyors) and under the stress of production demands.

Plant Operators will possess good interpersonal and communications skills to deal effectively with suppliers, clients, consultants, co-workers and management. Demonstrated mechanical and electrical aptitudes are essential to becoming a Plant Operator.

Course Outline

The course contains the following content:

  • Introduction/Orientation
  • Maintenance and Repairs
  • Safety
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Loader Operation
  • Applicable Regulations
  • Principles of Operation
  • Welding
  • Plant Mechanical & Electrical Components
  • Raw Materials and Product


Program admission requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 70% on the IUOETA Trades Assessment
  • Valid Drivers Licence
  • Minimum Grade 10 recommended

Level of Competency

The course will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to enter this trade. Further on-the-job experience will be required to advance to the position of Journeyperson Plant Operator.

Course Fees 

Books: $100

Application  Process

If you are interested in this program, go to our online application form and send us your contact information.

A representative from the Training Association will contact you. After that, you may receive a full Application for Training package. You will be required to submit a completed application along with a resume, references and a BC driver’s abstract.

Successful completion (70%) of the OETA Trade Assessment Examination is required for course entry. Examination subject areas are:

  • Math Foundations
  • Industry Related Problems
  • Problem Sets

Qualified applicant files will be forwarded to a selection committee. Successful applicants will be assigned to the class upon confirmation of their ability to attend.


Students who complete our course will write theory examinations and will also be assessed on job performance standards. We will consider punctuality, attendance and attitude as we set the final course grade. Students must attain marks of 70% or more (criteria established according to standards) for theory and practical assessments.

Wallet cards and certificates of completion will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.