Introduction to Surface Mining Operations/Heavy Equipment Operations
Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining
This program offers students an opportunity to prepare for entry-level employment as surface miners through a combination of theory and practical experience. Students will spend approximately 140 hours in an intensive, hands-on training program at the University of Alaska at the Delta Mine Training Centre, a world-class training and research facility located in Delta Junction, Alaska. The program is structured as a unique 2-week program that will expose students to what a work cycle at an operating mine actually feels like.
In order to participate in the program all students must attend a career planning program with Yukon Mine Training Association (YMTA), pass a mandatory drug and alcohol test and possess a valid Class 5 driver’s license, as well as a passport or a status card.
At the end of this program, students will:
• Have mastered the fundamentals of the Core Competencies required for an entry-level miner.
• Know the basic safety procedures in an surface setting and know the reasons these procedures are required.
- Age 18+.
- Alcohol and drug free (Must pass an alcohol and drug test prior to acceptance into program).
- Yukon class 5 driver’s license with a clean drivers abstract is preferred.
- Good health and physically fit.
- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Good vision and hearing.
- Passport or Status Card.
- References (work or personal).
- It is recommended that students also take additional training courses in Standard First Aid / CPR-C, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS).
Successful candidates must pass an industry-led job readiness and aptitude interview to determine if they:
- Have a desire to work in the mining industry for the long term.
- Take direction well.
- Are willing to work 12 hour days in extreme environments.
- Are safety conscious.
This program has approximately 140 hours of training delivered mostly through hands-on training in Delta Junction, Alaska. Students will attend a 2-week session in Delta Junction, Alaska.
In order to graduate, students must successfully complete all courses in the program. Graduates of the program will receive a Yukon College certificate and a University of Alaska certificate.
Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.
Ancillary Fees 21 KB
Ancillary Fees (21 KB)
Course Fee: $3,000
Ancillary Fees include a $100 technology fee.
- Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Whitehorse.
- Transportation to and from the Delta Mine Training Centre in Delta Junction, Alaska will be provided.
- Students need to provide steel-toed boots, a jacket that is warm to -50 and a face mask to protect against cold weather. Specific packing lists will be provided to students accepted to the program.
- Students must be eligible to cross the border to Alaska in order to complete the practical training at the Delta Junction Facility.