Words from a few successful RAYWAY graduates:

“Just wanted to let you know how happy I am. I got the job with the excavation services company you referred me out to, it’s my 2nd week here! I’ve operating an excavator every day, working on the company’s 1 year project in Aldergrove – digging, site preparation work. The excavator course exceeded my expectations, Rayway went “above and beyond”, many different excavators and a ton of seat time. You’d be lucky if you had a boss like Ray [Rayway’s instructor] with as much knowledge, patience and a sense of humour as him. An expert in his field. Thank you Ray, Jud, Kata and Tessa for everything!”

~Scott M.

”After taking the courses, multiple job leads were provided to me by Rayway ending in full-time permanent employment. I really respect Ray and think that he went out of his way to personally help me get back in the work force. I would recommend Rayway to others!”

~ Gordon J.

“The first time I drove into Rayway I was shocked at the skill level of the students in the field. Little did I know they were only in the 3rd week of training; as Ray told me this, I knew I came to the right place. You learn everything from maintenance to operating, how to look professional while getting the job done. He’s a great teacher and now my mentor. I ended up feeling confident in my abilities and able to hop into almost any excavator. Ray referred me to a job interview and 3 days after my course, I started working for that excavation company! I am now running a CAT 303 excavator. Thanks Rayway!”

~Billy-Ray P.

“Ray has a lot of experience, he is the best teacher. My background was as a heavy duty mechanic. I was happy to take the course… I found a job, they pay me $30 an hour! Thank you for everything!”

~ Zahed H.”

“Ray Richard and Rayway Operator Training School Ltd (Kata and Jud) are committed to giving their time and expertise to those who can listen and respect what somebody like Ray can show you. After graduating Rayway I immediately received multiple job opportunities that were provided by Rayway through it’s many business relationships. I decided to accept an offer with a contracting company in Surrey where I was named their VP of Business Development. My responsibilities have me digging on a Kubota 50 Super Series (nice machine), helping to build a Snow Clearing and Brining and Salting Division and supervising a thriving bin disposal business. I encourage anyone who takes this course to use the knowledge that is imparted on you and apply it with your personal confidence that you gain to use all of your skills to find the job you want.”

~ John B.

“I would recommend the course to anyone. Ray is very knowledgeable and very understanding to everyone’s learning abilities… all in all one hell of a guy. Just wanted to let you know I got a job with a good company. I handed them my resume about a week ago, they said there was no positions available but I stayed on them every day. Yesterday they had to let their operator go, so they called me up and said they liked my drive and want me to come in. Thanks again Ray, Kata and Jud for everything.”

~ Dalton L.

“I just had an interview with a contracting company and he hired me. I can’t thank you guys enough. He’s paying me for a 4hr orientation today. He really liked that I made a good effort to apply and contact him. I really enjoyed being in Ray’s class. The layout of the course really worked for me, everything came to me at the end of the course. I feel that Ray really cares about his students.”

~ Davin R.

“Hi Ray and Kata, I just wanted to say thank you for everything again. I really enjoyed the course and learned a ton. I will recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting into the industry. I wanted to let you guys know that after sending out some resumes on Friday and Saturday I got an email for a job offer and am starting tomorrow morning. I will keep you updated with how it goes. Thanks again for everything.”

~ Scott S.

“Rayway taught me so much and helped prepare me for the industry. I took a lot of what Ray had to say into consideration when searching for a job after the course and it paid off!!! The Monday after the course ended I had a list of companies I had researched and by the end of the day I had 2 job offers. I had an interview with a large contracting company specializing in underground utilities, had an orientation on Wednesday and started working on Thursday!”

~ Jason D.

“At first I thought I was just going to learn how to run an excavator at Rayway, after six weeks it turned out to be much more than that. Ray teaches you everything you need to know to run an excavator, tasks you will perform on a job site, how to make smart choices, life lessons and much more. I feel now confident on any excavator and ready for work. Thanks Ray! Before I finished school I had a job lined up back home in Revelstoke running excavator, starting the day after the course ended… very excited!”

~ Jacob T.

“I found work building lane way houses, helping with demolishing and digging foundations. Ray Richard is the most knowledgeable and helpful teacher I have ever met. He has shown me the true meaning of what it is to guide someone and to continue guiding them, even after the course; it shows his true love and passion for the industry. If you talk to anyone whether its employers or rental companies, they all recognize Ray’s school and amazing teaching capabilities. I had the privilege of learning from him and benefitted from the doors it has opened. Thank you to Ray, Jud and Kata for the amazing experience I was given!”

~ Richard H.

“Rayway helped me bring my skill to a whole other level. Ray is an excellent teacher yet so humble and made the class time that much more enjoyable. With the skills I learned, Rayway helped me land a job doing services and excavating. Thank you everyone at Rayway for everything!”

~ Brandon D.

“Thank you so much for referring me to my job Ray. I’m learning new things every day. The course really prepared me for this job – not only was I able to use the correct terminology and applications I was teaching them a thing or two. Thanks again Ray, Jud, and Kata for everything you’ve done. I’m now enjoying an amazing career as an Excavator Operator!”

~ Cam H.

“After completing my excavator training course at Rayway I quickly found a job in Alberta on the oil patch. When the oil patch crashed it didn’t take me long to find a local job. I’m currently running all sorts of different machines ranging from the smallest you can think of all the way up to a Link-Belt 225lx and everything in between. The skills I learned at Rayway had more than prepared me for the real world. If not for Rayway I’d still be shoveling dirt instead of bailing it!”

~ T D.

”After successfully graduating from Rayway I was able to land an amazing job as an operator on the rigs in alberta. Making great cash and havin a great time. I owe my success to the course and to Ray Richard. An amazing teacher and an awesome course. I really appreciate all of the knowledge you past on. My trainer told me I’m one of the better rookies he’s had out here. Here’s a pic of my new “office”. ~

~ TJ D.

“This was totally worth it for me. I was a steel framer for over 4 years and wanted a positive change. I graduated top-of-the-class and landed a job 1 day after the course was over. Ray is a hell of an operator but an even better teacher. Learned more than just operating. Small business and buying/leasing and how to make it in the business. 100% worth it no doubt about it! “

~ Steve BaGs

“I had no idea what to expect when I started training at Rayway but I was pleasantly surprised right away. Ray is approachable and extremely knowledgeable. The way Ray teaches is easy to understand. I learned quickly and was on a machine the first day! I finished with complete confidence on and off the machine. Ray not only got me trained and ready to get into the work force with a great trade but also provided me with the tools, references, support, and job leads I needed to secure employment with a great company. I am so thankful and appreciate to Ray and his team. There is no other school that could compare.” ~

~ Mike I.

“Thank you for thinking of me, but I just got a job with pnr railworks. Tell Ray thanks for everything.”

~ Brayden Mckay

“Soon after graduating from Rayway, I was employed with a small family owned company. Ray not only taught me how to operate an excavator but he also taught me everything I needed to know to be a successful in the heavy equipment industry. Using the skills and knowledge I learned at Rayway, I gained experience and seat time running multiple different pieces of heavy equipment. Now I work for a large scale, well known company. I love my new career!”

~ Kevin Singh

“Rayway is definitely worth it. I not only learned a trade, I have the certificate of training which makes me stand out in a competitive market. The program is intense, hands on, and leads to success in the real world! A week after finishing the course, I started working for a construction company. I’ve now run excavators up to a Hitachi 450 – I love my job!”

~ Jaspreet J.

“I went into the course with no prior knowledge about heavy equipment. Not only did I learn to operate I was also taught skills to make me employable as a heavy equipment operator. After I completed the course I started working, taking every chance I could to jump in a machine. Now I run various pieces of equipment and it is all thanks to Ray, Jud and Kata. Thanks again for your training!”

~ Ryan W.

“Got a job digging trenches and holes for sump pumps and cache basins . was originally a one day thing but they liked me so much the contractor said he can keep me busy for as long as I like!”

~ Ryan F.

“I wasn’t completely sure what to expect coming into Rayway, but was very pleasantly surprised to be on a machine so quickly. Ray is a very knowledgeable, helpful, good teacher and taught me the skills I needed to know not only to be an operator but to be an EMPLOYABLE operator. I had a ton of fun in the course along the way; it was a pleasure and an amazing opportunity to be taught by such an experienced operator. Huge thanks to Ray, Kata, and of course Jud!! I’m working for a contracting company operating a CAT 140 excavator and a mini CAT 50 excavator.”

~ Owen C.

“Hey Ray Hadyn here, thought I would update you since I completed my first 2 days on the job , been in the trench all last week. yesterday I ran a 220w rubber tire Hitachi for 10 hours loading trucks and sorting/moving transfer piles. It’s a lot different on rubber tires and stabilizers took a bit to get used to. today I ran a kamatsu 300 PC. It was a lot more stressful today I was loading transfers which was much more difficult because of the extra height and I also had low power lines directly overhead. Had to get creative and built a road for the trucks to back into cause I was getting nervous with the lines. I had to climb piles as well and was moving through cab deep mud all day. had to avoid power lines again while moving spoil back to the lot for fill. Was very stressful for the first couple hours but got into the swing of it. Def finally helped learning how to dig the bucket in and pull yourself forward else I would have been stuck many times today. I’m spreading good word for rayway”

~ Hadyn H.

“Hey ray just thought I would shoot you a message with my progress. I’ve been running grinder, skid steers and the company got me a new jd 75 excavator to use when we have no grinding to do. Was working with atco the gas company that’s out here locating and digging beside one of their lines today. all the training and pointers you gave me help to make me not look like a rookie in the Machine Couldn’t of asked for a better teacher. Talk to you soon.”

~Lucas C.

“Rayway Operator Training School gave me exactly what I needed! Ray built my confidence, giving me many new skills to set me up for success. Shortly after attending the school, I began my new and exciting career as a machine operator within the railroad industry. I definitely could not have done it without the dedicated training at Rayway.”

~ Chris D.

“Got hired on at PNR railworks in Abby. Track maintenance around Canada. They really liked that I took your course so the safety and training part I used as my IN to get hired in the interview”

~ Chris.

“Good evening Ray. I just wanted to express my thanks to you and your staff again for my time spent their. I really feel confident about my ability to start a new job. I can’t thank you enough for the time you spent with me and helping step in to this new career. Which is why I am messaging you. I got a job at Merv’s Excavation starting Monday. I promise to bust my ass because I believe it also speaks highly of your training. I spoke about your business and how I was trained, which is why I believe I got the job. Thank you again! Sincerely, Todd”


“Hello Kata & Ray, I have finally achieved a job! excited to get my career started and I just thought you guys should know that! I’m working for Matcon at there dump site. I will keep you guys updated with how I’m doing and progess. Hope all is well.”

~ Ryan Solotki

“Thanks for all the great leads. Started work today, going back tomorrow. They are signing me up for the railway safety ticket so it seems I’m in. Running excavator, loader and some maintenance. Starting @ 23/hr. Thanks for all you have done for me. Will keep in touch.”

~ Gordon J.

“I went to Rayway for both the excavator operator and loader backhoe operator courses and loved it! I’m now working and making $27 an hour. I thoroughly enjoyed the courses and Ray sticks to a hands-on teaching method. Rayway is the best school I’ve ever attended.”

~ Greg U.

“I’m really busy working out of town for a company specializing in installing bridges for logging and mining roads. I am running an excavator and a rock truck. Lots of log road and bridge work – steep slopes and rip rap. Thanks again for the help with my new career. Thanks Ray, I have learned lots and always learning!”

~ Rob M.

“Great camp and meeting a lot of new friends. Really happy to be working up here — at Fort Mckay.”

~ Kevin M.

“I could never thank Ray enough for the skills he taught me. Prior to Rayway, I worked the classic female jobs, always feeling unsatisfied with my career choice. I knew I had an interest in heavy machinery, but was never given the chance to experience it from a seat. Construction and operating had always been a male dominated industry. Ray put me in a CAT 315, and I was hooked. He took an interest of mine and turned it into a passion. I have Ray to thank for a lifelong career that genuinely makes me happy; watching something take form from nothing, all at the control of my own hands, is the most satisfying thing, and I couldn’t achieve it without the skills I was taught at Rayway. Ray started out just as my instructor, and now he’s become a mentor of mine. I am now employed with my first construction company ever, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Learning to operate an excavator has made it very easy to adapt to other pieces of heavy machinery. Currently with my company, I’ll operate the excavators, backhoe and skid steers, all of which wouldn’t be possible without Rayway on my resume and a head full of knowledge from my time at the school. Thank you so much Ray!!!”

~ Samara

“I got the job Ray thanks for the good reference now I just have to work my way up to a button top”

~ Cameron O.

“I got a job with an excavating company! How I got the job was by approaching him when he was digging a lot right across my house. I asked him if he needed help, that I have my Certificate; at first he said no, I said I’ll work for free. He seemed to doubt my ability and said go get the level and measure how deep he needed to go. So after watching and helping him level, he got his dump truck and loaded himself up then said can you grade – I replied yes. So then I hopped on the machine and graded. The owner came back and said “good job!” and now I’m helping him with couple other lots. Today I’m digging a lot, leveling and installing a sump. Thanks Rayway for making me employable, couldn’t have done it without Ray, Jud and Kata. When I hopped on the machine I felt confident enough to take on the job!”

~ Omar M.

“Hi there Ray, I have heard good things about you from Kevin, and now on Monday I will have another of your former students Brooke H. trying out for our company. I have a feeling that we will probably be helping each other out a lot in the near future. I was thinking if it’s alright, that I might come to your school and meet you in person and maybe find some new future employees? Have a nice day.”

~ Mattias, General Manager,…. Contracting Ltd.