Haul Truck Operator

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

 

We offer a four-week Haul Truck Operator course, which provides you with the skills and training needed to safely operate a haul truck, based on manufacturers' recommendations and industry standards.

The course is made up of theory-based training, computer module training, and practical simulations and exercises.

By completing the course, you will be ready for an entry level position as a haul truck operator in the industry. You may also be eligible for a work placement opportunity with one of our industry partners - Syncrude or Syncor.

This program is sponsored by industry partners North American Construction Group, Suncor Energy and Syncrude.

For more information, view our Haul Truck Operator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), email our Haul Truck Operator admissions advisor, call the admissions advisor at 780-791-4962, or call the program coordinator at 780-799-8609.

Career opportunities

As a haul truck operator, you will be ready for employment with companies in mining and energy, and construction. suncor employee

  •  Suncor is actively recruiting Heavy Equipment Operators to work with their team in Fort McMurray. They are looking for people with a strong safety mindset and at least one year of relevant experience with operating equipment. Interested? View the full posting

Admission requirements

To register for the Haul Truck Operator program, you must provide or obtain:

Before your work placement begins, you must provide or complete:

  • A Criminal Records Check

Tuition and fees

Tuition for the Haul Truck Operator program is $7,066.51 (GST included). We require a $250.00 deposit upon your acceptance into the course.

If you do not receive a work placement, you will be refunded $694.57 for the work placement fee within your tuition.

Resources

You must provide your own CSA-approved, steel-toed safety boots with an eight-inch upper and anti-skid grips before the program begins.

Program structure

You will take part in a mixture of instructor guided and computer based learning, and use practical simulations to gain necessary training. You may also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement with one of our industry partners.

Course theory

You will successfully complete training and gain the necessary knowledge on:

  • Work health and safety regulations
  • Alberta Mine Safety Association Certification
  • Mining operations
  • Fatigue management
  • Resume preparation
  • Radio etiquette and communication

You will also take part in a ride-along or site tour during the course.

Computer modules

Our computer module training helps you learn the various components needed to properly and safely handle the program's equipment. We provide instructor resources to help support your computer learning.

The course's modules include:

  • Brakes System - Testing Procedure
  • Caterpillar 797 Mechanical Truck
  • Defensive Driving
  • Emergency Response
  • Field Level Risk Assessment
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Introduction to the Oil Sands
  • Komatsu 930 Electric Haul
  • Legislation Awareness
  • Loading - Dumping
  • Lube and Service
  • Machine Controls
  • Noise Hazard
  • Operator Care
  • Rules of the Road
  • Safety
  • Fatigue Management
  • Startup - Shutdown
  • Symbols - Hand Signals
  • Tire Care
  • Vital Information Management System
  • Walk-around Inspection

Practical applications

As part of the practical component, you will engage with Caterpillar 797 and Komatsu 980e mining truck simulators. Using the simulators, you will complete 20-25 hours of exercises and emergency responses.

Schedule and location

The program is conducted at the Suncor Energy Industrial Campus, located at 160 MacKenzie Blvd. in Fort McMurray.

Work Terms

After completing the program, you may be eligible for a work placement with one of our industry partners, Suncor or Syncrude.

Work placements are usually three to four months long and you are fully paid, with a possible extension for up to one year (however your program certificate only recognizes a three-month term completion). Rate of pay ranges from $30.00 - $40.00 per hour.

Prerequisites for work terms

If you are eligible for a work placement with our industry partners, you may need to complete various pre-employment tests and provide them to the employer, including:

  • Medical and drug screening
  • Personality and employment testing
  • Criminal record check

Hiring Keyano College students

If you are a company looking to hire a Keyano College student from the Haul Truck Operator program, please call 780-799-8609.

Student testimonials

Brigitte's video testimonial

View Brigitte's video testimonial about the program:

Erika's testimonial

"I took the Keyano course in 2014. I had no knowledge or experience in the mining industry and was looking for a career change.

Having taken the Keyano course, it gave me knowledge, understanding, required safety training and skills to obtain full-time employment. Because of the Keyano course, I obtained full-time employment with Suncor Energy driving heavy haul trucks.

I have now been with Suncor for just over two years and I'm loving my new career. I highly recommend this course!"

- Erika

Jim's testimonial

"I took the haul truck course in January of 2015. The course was a Suncor sponsored course. I am presently working full-time as a heavy equipment operator at Suncor and loving it. I wish I could have taken the course 20 years earlier."

- Jim

Tiffany's testimonial

"I took the Haul Truck Operator course back in 2015. Since then I have been working at Suncor. I got hired full-time and my schedule is six on and six off. I LOVE my schedule, with six days off, plus vacation time and stats you get so much free time to do things such as travelling. It's wonderful.

The fact that this course is only four weeks long and then you have an opportunity to work with companies such as Suncor and Syncrude is astonishing. You aren't just getting a new job in the end, it's a career that a lot of people dream of having. You can't beat the schedules, the work is enjoyable (nice air conditioned truck in the summer and you get to stay warm in the winter), and comfort in knowing you are setting yourself up for a great retirement!

I think taking the Haul Truck Operator course was one of the best decisions I've ever made!"

- Tiffany

Michael's testimonial

"I took the course in April 2013, did my co-op at Syncrude, Aurora and got hired in July 2014."

- Michael

Shania's testimonial

"After taking the course I was able to immediately go through the testing process for Suncor. I made it through that and was granted an interview shortly after. It was a month or so after the interview I was called back to begin my co-op term with Suncor. Now, two years late I'm still working for Suncor.

The course was an awesome way to get a foot in the door for a wicked career."

- Shania