Our Training Courses
  RAYWAY produces qualified, safety-conscious, entry-level Heavy Equipment Operators.
   
All RAYWAY courses are fast-paced, competency-based, job-oriented and are in accordance with the regulations set by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education of British Columbia. We meet or exceed all Canadian industry-specific requirements and WorkSafe BC Safety Regulations.
 
Ray provides patient, personalized attention, and doesn't move on until all your concerns are dealt with, your questions are answered and you fully understand the requested task. He stays in constant radio communication to keep you at ease and to make sure you're operating in the safest, most productive way possible.
  
RAYWAY welcomes students of any gender, race or background. We limit our courses to 10 students per instructor, so you get individual attention and training customized to your needs.
 
In addition to operator training, all RAYWAY courses also include:
 
·  Resume help and job-search advice: how to approach a prospective employer, and where & when to look for jobs that best match your training
 
·  Advice on purchasing and financing equipment plus how to start and operate a small business
 
·  Info on the basic courses and requirements for a person to work in the mining industry in BC and Alberta
 
·  You'll also receive a Certificate for completing the included "Excavator Operator Safety Course"
  
Which course is right for you?
  
 
 
NOTE: If you have considerable experience operating excavators, you may qualify (after interview and evaluation) for our 4 week, 160 hour Hydraulic Excavator Operator Upgrade course.
 
 
On completion of any RAYWAY course, all students take home:
* an 8 1/2" x 11" framed "Certificate of Achievement" and a laminated wallet card for completing the "Excavator or Backhoe Operator Course"
* an 8 1/2" x 11" framed "Certificate of Completion" and a laminated wallet card for the included "Excavator or Backhoe Operator Safety Course"
* an 8 1/2" x 11" framed picture of you on a machine
a RAYWAY T-shirt, hat, coffee mug, pen, daily journal book and course training books.
 
Invest in your future TODAY!
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What You'll Learn
RAYWAY courses give you the skills and knowledge you'll need to start a career as an entry-level heavy equipment operator. Here's a partial list of what we cover.
(Loader backhoe course may differ slightly.)
 
Skills you'll learn: 
 
* residential basement excavations
 
* road building
 
* backfilling
 
* truck loading
 
* climbing & descending hills
 
* grading
 
* fine grading
 
* sloping
 
* trenching
 
* digging under pipes

* working under wires
Equipment Maintenance:
       
* filling out pre-trips
 
* start-up and shut-down procedures
 
* basic preventative maintenance
 
* fueling
 
* greasing
 
* bucket changing
 
* track cleaning
 
* track adjustment

* putting a track back on if it comes off
Job-site Procedures:
 
* site safety
 
* hand signals
 
* site preparation
 
* using a laser level
 
* using an eye level
* using a builders level
 
Also Included:
 
* understanding industry technology
 
* safe environmental practices

* basic estimating


* reading site plans
 
* reading/interpreting grade stakes & hubs
 
* you'll even learn how to use dowsing rods to locate underground pipes
TRENCHING
B​ASEMENT EXCAVATION
SLOPING
DIGGING UNDER PIPES
TRUCK LOADING
CRANING
Seat Time
One of the biggest complaints we've heard from students who attended other training schools is that they didn't get enough practical hands-on training, ie seat time to make them employable as an entry level operator. That's why at RAYWAY we strive to give you more seat-time than any other operator training school courses of the same duration in western Canada!
 
In fact, RAYWAY courses are about 90% practical and about 10% theory (classroom). You'll even operate a machine on the very first day! At RAYWAY there are no simulators - only real hands-on operating newer full size machines.
 
And at RAYWAY you won't lose any seat-time due to statutory holidays, WE WILL MAKE UP THE LOST TIME.
NEWER FULL SIZE MACHINES
What You Need
 
The most important requirements are a positive attitude, a strong desire to learn and a sincere interest in becoming a skilled, qualified heavy equipment operator!
 
You'll also need:
* CSA-approved steel-toed safety boots with ankle protection
* Pen and note-pad
* 16' tape measure
* Raingear
 
That's it! We supply hard hats, high-visibility vests, ear protection, eye protection, gloves, all training materials and free coffee.
WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE, HARD WORK AND A STRONG DESIRE TO LEARN, YOU WILL SUCCEED!
Admission requirements are: At least 19 years of age or if between 16-18, a parent/legal guardian signature is required, be able to communicate in English and complete an interview with someone from the administrative staff.
 
Our training site is in the lower mainland of BC, in Aldergrove. A hotel close to the training site, the Best Western Country Meadows Inn (1-800-834-0833), offers reduced rates on accommodation for our students.
 
Please arrange your own transportation, as there is no public transportation to our site.
 
 
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RAYWAY does not guarantee employment on completion of any RAYWAY course.
 
To clear up any confusion, there is no mandated licensing, ticketing or certification at this time for operating excavators, backhoes or any other earth moving equipment in BC. The safest way to break into the industry as an entry level heavy equipment operator and hopefully fill one of the 7000 positions becoming available within the next 10 years, is to get formally trained by taking a Government registered and approved “certificate course”. Just as important, is to be able to say I’ve been trained by someone with over 37 years hands-on “OPERATING” experience as there is just NO substitute for experience. It is our opinion that young instructors with less than minimum 10 years “operating” experience in such a dangerous profession have no place in this industry. So we DO NOT agree with certifying inexperienced operators who have just completed a training course. The word “certified” projects to the industry that the said operator has quite some operating experience and therefore gives a false sense to not only the operators but to potential employers. Our opinion is one shared with other training schools we have contacted. We do however offer operator “skill level” evaluation reports for experienced operators and employers considering which operator would best suit their company.
 
  1. " Ray is very helpful, and explains the exercises in a way that is easy to understand. "
    " Ray is very helpful, and explains the exercises in a way that is easy to understand. "
  2. " Good personality, and was very clear with his instruction. "
    " Good personality, and was very clear with his instruction. "
  3. " He is a good instructor, and knows how to get the point across about operation and operation safety. "
    " He is a good instructor, and knows how to get the point across about operation and operation safety. "
  4. " Best instructor I've ever had! Very knowledgeable, and has enough experience to be able to instruct properly. "
    " Best instructor I've ever had! Very knowledgeable, and has enough experience to be able to instruct properly. "