IUOE Local 793 opened the doors to a new head office and training campus in Oakville, Ontario, in September 2005. The 34,000-square-foot facility features offices for Local 793 staff and OETIO instructors, a banquet hall that can hold up to 700 people, and an outdoor training area at the rear of the building.
A Liebherr 63EC-B flattop tower crane was erected at the training campus in Oakville in April 2006. The crane is 30 meters tall with a 30-metre jib, a tip load of 1,900 kilos and a maximum capacity of 5,000 kilos. It features a double-seat cab that allows an instructor to sit beside a student in training. The crane can also be operated from the ground via remote control. We also have a Terex Peiner SN 86/1 tower crane with a double-seat cab.
A mobile crane simulator and a tower crane simulator are in operation at the OETIO crane lab area in Oakville. Both simulators were manufactured by CMLabs Simulations Inc., a company based in Montreal, Quebec. The state-of-the-art simulators are used to train mobile and tower crane apprentices. The simulators provide an interactive virtual environment with realistic 3D graphics. A rigging board has also been set up in the lab area.
The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) in Morrisburg is a first-class training facility for heavy equipment operators, Electrical Overhead Traveling Crane and tractor trailer drivers . It was founded in 1983 and is located on 160 acres along the scenic St. Lawrence River. The facility has a heavy equipment garage and 80,000 square feet of training area. The fundamental philosophy of the institute is to provide high quality, state-of-the-art, industry-specific training that leads to guaranteed employment for its graduates. All courses have been designed by professionals and the curriculum has been tested to ensure that classroom and hands-on exercises are rewarding and useful to both the student and industry employers. The OETIO has a reputation for producing highly-skilled, safety-conscious operators.
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