While completing Health and Safety training at the International Training and Education Centre in Crosby, Texas, IUOE Local 793 Director of Health and Safety, Andrew Saunders, ran into Sister Keturah Hinds, a Local 793 apprentice working for @Aecon. Sister Keturah was completing the Tractor Loader-Backhoe Operations course. The week-long course offers classes in all areas of TLB operation, including topics such as: trenching, benching, sloping, backfilling, layout and more.

Well done, Sister Keturah!

The International Training and Conference Center is a state-of-the-art facility built on 237 acres just outside of Houston. The center includes classroom, conference and administrative buildings, a mechanics shop, a central plant, a 227-room dormitory and on-site meal services. Hands-on training using the latest equipment for pipeline training, crane training, and heavy equipment operations is conducted on the outdoor acreage.

The training centre is open to all members of Local 793. Members who are accepted for training will have transportation and room and board costs covered at no charge. To view a catalogue and schedule of upcoming training opportunities, visit iuoe-itrs.org

If you want to become an apprentice and kick-start a career as a crane or heavy equipment operator, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) provides training from the Morrisburg campus in eastern Ontario and the Oakville campus in the Greater Toronto Area. Both campuses also offer a wide range of construction safety courses in support of industry requirements. Visit oetio.com and register for our next information session.