Road Building and Heavy Construction Foundation

Road Building and Heavy Construction Foundation

Course Length

3 Weeks

Job Description

The Foundation Program is a three-week course that provides new workers with an introduction to the road building industry. It gives you a valuable overview of career opportunities, safety practices, an orientation to job site operations, equipment, tools, operations and maintenance as well as providing a fundamental introduction to civil engineering.

A career that offers:

  • Equal opportunity for men and women age 16 and up
  • Excellent earning potential, employee benefits and opportunities for advancement
  • Opportunity to learn a wide range of skills
  • On-the-job training and apprenticeship programs
  • A dynamic and technologically advanced workplace
  • Variety and challenges
  • Environmentally conscious industry
  • A commitment to a safe working environment
  • Seasonal, full-time or part-time work
  • The choice to work outdoors or in an office environment
  • Opportunity to be a proud builder of BC
  • The chance to be an innovative team player
  • A career with a future

Course Outline

Industry orientation and overview

  • Orientation to road building and heavy construction
  • Worksite health and safety including Level 1 First Aid, Traffic Control Certification
  • Environmental requirements

Tools and Equipment Operations and Maintenance

  • Hand and power tools
  • Ladders and scaffolds
  • Rigging and material handling
  • Basic heavy equipment operation and maintenance

Civil Engineering Principles

  • Surveying and construction
  • Drainage
  • Basic soil mechanics/geology
  • Aggregates, asphalt pavement, concrete

Worksite Preparation

  • Employment skills
  • Worksite employee roles
  • Communication skills


Program admission requirements are as follows:

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

Level of Competency

Upon program completion, participants will receive:

  • Level 1 First Aid Certificate
  • Traffic Control Certificate
  • Preferential hiring and enrolment in industry training programs and apprenticeships

Course Fees

Tuition:  $500

Registration:  $250

Text books:  $250

Total:  $1000

Application & Examination Process

Students will write theory examinations and will also be assessed on job performance standards. Punctuality, attendance and attitude will also be considered in determining the final course grade.

Successful completion (70%) of the OETA Trade Assessment Examination is required for this course. Examinations are scheduled by the OETP at any Operating Engineer’s offices.

Examination subject areas are:

  • Math Foundations
  • Industry Related Problems
  • Problem Sets

If you are interested in this program, contact the Training Association office and obtain an Application for Training package. Complete the package and submit it to the nearest Operating Engineers Office to be forwarded to the Operating Engineers Training Association. Applications will be submitted to the IUOE 115 Training Coordinator for review.

Include with your application a resume, appropriate reference materials, a copy of your Driver’s abstract and/or license, and any other supporting or reference material.

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