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?

Courses Length Hours Price
Loader Backhoe Operator 4 weeks 160 $9,370
Exacavator Operator – Upgrade 4 weeks 160 $9,370
Exacavator Operator 5 weeks 200 $10,870
Exacavator Operator 6 weeks 240 $12,370
Exacavator Operator 8 weeks 320 $15,970
Exacavator Operator/Loader Backhoe Operator Combination 8 weeks 320 $15,970
Exacavator Operator/Loader Backhoe Operator Combination 12 weeks 480 $22,870

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 – hat, toque, coffee mug, pen, and course training books.!

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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.


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

    Job-site Procedures:

    • * site safety
    • * hand signals
    • * site preparation
    • * using a laser level
    • * using an eye level
    • * using a builders level

    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​

    Also Included:

    • * understanding industry technology
    • * safe environmental practices
    • * basic estimating
    • * reading/interpreting grade stakes & hubs
    • * you’ll even learn how to use dowsing rods to locate underground pipes

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.​

NOTE: For safety reasons, all students must wear Rayway issued hard hats while on the school’s training grounds, there will  be no exceptions.

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.

With a good attitude, hard work and a strong desire to learn, you will succeed!

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.

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 the many contractors and companies we refer entry level operators to.

We do however offer operator “skill level” practical evaluations with written reports for experienced operators and employers considering which operator would best suit their company.