Gabriel Dumont Institue


Pinehouse Heavy Equipment Operator Program a Success

By Dylan Pelletier

Mar 19, 2020

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Dumont Technical Institute was proud to offer a Heavy Equipment Operator program in the autumn of 2019 in Pinehouse Lake, SK. The program began with 12 students and all 12 graduated in November 2019. This program was very successful and gave the students excellent job ready skills for immediate entry into the work force.


During the 12 week program, the students received training on six different pieces of heavy equipment: skid steer, rock truck, crawler, excavator, grader, and backhoe. The students also received training in a wide range of industry recognized safety certifications.


Safety was a key focus during the training, since the equipment can be very dangerous for a new operator. The students had to operate and drive within town limits. This meant that they had to be very careful with over-head power lines and private property. I am happy to report that there was not one injury or incident of property damage during the program.


The students worked very professionally during the program and I am proud of their efforts. Much of the credit needs to go to their instructor, Harry Lariviere. Harry is Métis from Pinehouse Lake. DTI was very pleased to have Harry as an instructor. He brought over 20 years of heavy equipment operator experience at various mine sites to the position. Harry worked very hard to ensure the students were operating equipment in a safe and proper manner.


One student in particular deserves special recognition. Nathan Morin was in the program, but he lived in Beauval during the program. He drove every day from Beauval to Pinehouse Lake for the program. That is 100km on gravel each way every day for 12 weeks! And he never missed a day! I was sure to put in a good word for him at the Village Office in Beauval after his graduation. They too recognized his achievements and he is now working as a heavy equipment operator for the Village of Beauval.


Congratulations to all of the graduates of DTI’s Heavy Equipment Operator program in Pinehouse Lake. We at DTI wish you all the best in your bright futures.

Photo by Dylan Pelletier


Heavy Equipment Operator Class of 2019.

Left to right: Nathan Morin, Randy Natomagan, Clint Durocher, Creed Misponas, Alex Lariviere, Ian Sanderson, Braydon Natomagan, Lyndon Lariviere, Harry Lariviere (Instructor in white hat), and Jordan Natomagan.

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