Earthmoving Individual Course Descriptions

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Wondering what the course will include. Listed below is a description of each course in the Earthmoving Operator Program.

Air Brakes Training

This course provides information on laws regulations and correct procedures required to drive a vehicle equipped with an Air Brake System. After completing this module, the student and will write the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles Air Brakes Test to receive an Air Brakes Training Certification.

Class 3 Driver Training

Train in the safe and effective operation of Class 3 vehicles. Your will take your driving test with our accredited driver examiner. Topic covered will provide the student with knowledge to have a comprehensive understanding of the trucking industry and its importance to our economy, the rules and regulations under which the trucking industry operates as well as safe driving techniques in a professional field. 

Cargo Securement and Handling Training

You will learn safe techniques for the loading and securing of specific types of commodities; learn to  inspect secured loads for compliance with the North American Cargo (NSC) Securement Standard.

Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)

PDIC helps professional drivers improve their defensive driving techniques. Learn how to prevent collisions, deliver cargo safely and on time, reduce costs and maintain good driving habits.  Delivered through the Canada Safety Council.

(Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Globally Harmonized Standard)

In this training you will be able to distinguish many elements of the “old” WHMIS from  the “new” WHMIS: when and how to use a material safety data sheet and a safety data sheet; the “old” symbols from the “new” pictograms; the “old” hazard classes from the “new” hazard classes; GHS hazard groupings and building block concept.

Occupational Health & Safety Act, OH&S (NS) Training

You will review relevant elements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act while discussing the standards that should be followed for creating a safe and healthy work environment.

Standard First Aid, Level C with CPR and AED Training

This is a St John Ambulance First Aid course. Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of a FIRST AID provider. They will become familiar injuries and medical emergencies. Standard First Aid and CPR courses include AED training.

Power Line Hazards Training (Workplace NL)

Identify the hazards associated with working near power lines.  Refer to the relevant provincial regulations and types of controls that can be utilized to prevent loss.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Students are provided with the knowledge to an understand the regulations and proper procedures for shipping, receiving and transporting (by road) dangerous goods; the use of TDG Regulation Schedules; determine the classifications of dangerous goods, mark and label small means of containment; selecting display placards for large means of containment.

Confined Space Entry

Gain a better understanding of what it means to be an attendant, entrant or a supervisor and the responsibility of each. Each student should have the knowledge to evaluate the hazards and understand the need for personal protective equipment as well as proper permitting. The students should be aware of the potential hazards as well as the associated safety requirements and legislated regulations.

ESC Basic Safety Orientation (BSO)

Gain a general awareness of critical safety initiatives found at participating ESC Member work sites.  You will be able to present the ESC BSO credential to any of the Energy Safety Canada Owner Member sites (Albian Sands Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd.) as proof of completing the required pre-site access orientation. 

Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)

You will have this pre-entry requirement for many construction industry work sites. 

ESC Fall Protection Training

Learn the principles of fall prevention and protection. Train with different types of fall protection systems and become aware of the most appropriate use for each type.

ESC Confined Space Entry & Monitor Training

Train in the hazards associated with entering and working in confined spaces. Learn the methods of controlling associated hazards.

H2S Alive (Hydrogen Sulfide Training/ Energy Safety Canada)

Understand what H2S is, its dangers, how to work safely in and around H2S environments, the physical properties and health hazards of H2S and the importance of a rescue plan. 

Ground Disturbance 201

Provides the knowledge required to develop, plan and implement any kind of ground disturbance in a safe and effective manner.

Trenching & Excavating

Students are instructed in the knowledge of regulations of trenching and excavating; safe practices and procedures for working trenching operations and how to apply practical procedures to thoroughly evaluate all potential hazards on each job site before starting a job.

Intro to Heavy Equipment

Students are introduced to heavy equipment terminology and safety practices required to safely operate a range of heavy equipment on the worksite. They will learn to understand how the machinery operates and what makes the equipment work. 

Backhoe Loader Operation Loading and Maintenance

Learn to understand the rules for safely operating this equipment. Students will be required to describe the safe pre-start check, startup routine, maneuvering and shutdown procedures for a backhoe. loading and unloading a backhoe. Backhoe Operation provides a combination of learning exercises where the student observes instructor led operation techniques and then are given hands-on time with the equipment to develop their skills on the backhoe.

Excavator Operation, Loading and Maintenance

Students are provided with an understanding of the rules for safely operating an excavator; describe the safe pre-start check; start-up routine; maneuvering and shutdown procedures; loading and unloading an excavator. Excavator Operation provides a combination of learning exercises where the student observes instructor led operation techniques and then are given hands-on time with the equipment to develop their skills on the excavator.

Dump Truck Operation

Students will participate in a combination of dump truck driving and driving observation in off-road environments. Students are given individual instruction and participate in driving, loading and dumping activities.

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Jolene MacNeil – June 2016: 

As a recent graduate of the SAIA (Scaffold and Access Industry Association) Program (June, 2016) as well as the Environmental Health and Safety Program (fall, 2015).

I just wanted to thank all the dedicated staff at METI, especially Gerard Jessome, for passing along their infinite knowledge, skills and contacts during my training. With Gerard’s assistance, I was offered a position with Brock Canada Field Services immediately following the
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Jolene MacNeil

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Liam MacNeil – July 2018:

I’d like to thank everyone at METI for the great SAIA Pre-Employment program. Got a job with Redi-Energy on Suncor’s Fort Hills site before the course was even over!

Awesome program, everything we learned in class is being applied daily. Special thanks to Gerard Jessome for being a great instructor and helping me get a job.

Liam MacNeil

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Elmer Haan  – Sept 2017: 

Program Manager

METI has been providing excellent service, and reliable training for CLAC for many years. Their diverse course offerings, from ESC certifications to SAIA Pre-Employment and journeyperson scaffold training has proven to be extremely valuable to us. Our continued strong relationship with METI allows CLAC members to access training in Eastern Canada. METI instructors are knowledgeable and have shown a real passion for ensuring our members are trained to the highest industry standards. Brian Carrier reviewed METI Maritime Environmental Training Institute — 5 star May 11, 2018. I attended METI's courses and I am very satisfied with the training they gave me. I would like to thank my instructor Gerard Jessome providing me with quality training. I am now a 3rd year scaffolder soon to be journeyman.

METI has been with me every step of the way and has been instrumental in my success. Within 2 months of completing the program, I had found employment. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work for Quinn Construction at 28$ per hour. Then I worked for PCL as a second year for 36$ per hour. Then I became third year with a salary of 38,75$ per hour. I am now working for AEcom with an hourly rate of 36$. The drop-in wage aside, with my overtime hours, my income has remained the same.

Thanks to METI, I went from having a job to having a career I am proud of.

Elmer Haan

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Mark Callaghan – Sept 2017: 

Project Coordinator
Panels and Pipes Mechanical Services

We have developed a great relationship with METI and their Pre-Employment Scaffolding Program over the past five years. Numerous graduates have been employed by Panels and Pipes and are always very well prepared to begin their careers as Scaffolders. They are well trained, knowing and understanding the basics of scaffolding and how to construct it safely. Along with their SAIA Scaffolding accreditation and added safety certifications METI graduates are always on the top of our list when hiring new Scaffolders.

Mark Callaghan

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Keith MacIntyre

This program is hands down the best in the industry. The
training I received prepared me for just about every situation I ran into when I began working in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. I could answer questions without hesitation, and put my words into action. I worked from an entry level safety watch position to a team lead position in my first year, by the end of my third year in the oil patch I was an HSEQ Manager overseeing several sites.

Keith MacIntyre

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Leigh Blinkhorn – June 2017:

When I graduated from the EHST program in 2011, I immediately started work as a Health and Safety Advisor with Commissioning Group. From there, I worked with Kentz, MMR, and KFFT.

My employers were so impressed with the caliber of my training and the working knowledge that I possessed, that they funded further training for me (Tap Root investigation, etc.). I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to teach this program. Their support continued long after I left METI.

Leigh Blinkhorn

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Donna Lea Kehoe – Jan 2018:

In 2015 I had no job, no prospects and not very much self confidence, when I was told about METIs environmental tech. course by Jean Chisholm of Nova Scotia Works. I graduated in July 2015 with alot of tickets but no real idea of what to do with what I had. After many closed doors METI invited me to a job fair for Sulzer Chemtech. After working for them for the last 2 years, I got married in April, I just bought my very first new car and I hope to be in my own home sometime in the not to distant future. I loved my experience at METI & I love my job with Sulzer.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Donna Lea Kehoe

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Jay Budd – July 2018:

After fulfilling my Environmental Health and Safety Technicians Diploma in
February, I was recently hired on in Saint John, NB with a contracted company, working at the Irving Oil Refinery as a Safety Coordinator! They were very impressed with the number of courses I graduated with. They give you the hands- on experience and plenty of courses you need to get to where ever it is you may want to be! So grateful to have taken this course and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get into the Safety field!!

Thank you METI

Jay Budd

Environmental Health Safety Technician