Winter Operations

Winter is a reality in Ontario, and maintaining safe and drivable roads during winter weather can be the public works manager’s biggest challenge. Proper staff training is essential to meeting your obligations and your residents’ expectations. Select the specific type of training you need from the following list.

“The course was very helpful, a new stepping stone and foundation for successful snow plowing.” – Town of Wasaga Beach, Front End Loader


Front End Loader Plow
The Front End Loader (FEL) is a versatile and effective winter snow/ice control machine when equipped with plow and wing. The course includes both a classroom/theory and a hands-on/ practical component for the student operator at a venue within the municipality.

Motor Grader Plow
The motor grader (MG) is typically used for both snow/ ice control and snow removal operations. Operators require a wide range of knowledge and skill sets to use the MG and attachments effectively and safely at all times in different settings.

Pick-Up Truck with Plow
All types and styles of pick-up trucks are used for snow/ice control particularly in more confined areas (e.g. parking lots). Operators require defensive driving skills and need to be aware of numerous obstacles and hazards in these locations.

Sidewalk Plow
This course provides the fundamentals of safety, equipment characteristics, operation and maintenance that apply to the sidewalk plow. Some of the topics that will be covered are equipment design and function, dimensions and stability and preventive maintenance.

Snow Blower

This program, when paired with Front End Loader training, is a half-day (approximately 4 hours) classroom course for the student operator at a venue within the municipality/organization. Some of the topics that will be covered are electrical system, pre-start inspections, and controls review.

Snowplow Classroom Refresher
This one-day course covers the classroom portion of snowplow training. Students spend approximately 7 hours in-class learning the theory of snowplow operation. Some of the topics that will be covered are weather and road weather, salt smarts and plowing techniques.

Snowplow Defensive Driving Course (DDC)
This course is designed to help your employees become the most safety-conscious snowplow operators on the road. Fewer collisions to company vehicles will control insurance costs- and safe drivers lose less time from work because they avoid collisions. Traffic crashes are preventable… by defensive driving.

Snowplow – One Person Plowing
This training program is for Municipalities who are ‘transitioning’ to one-person plowing operations. Some of the topics that it will cover are collision prevention, visibility and hazard recognition.

Snowplow Operator
This course is designed as a refresher for experienced snowplow operators, as well as to provide a good foundation of skills for novice operators. The course covers all topics required to manage an effective and safe winter maintenance program.

Winter Patroller
Winter maintenance patrollers work in rotating shifts, extended hours and inclement weather conditions. They also require comprehensive knowledge of specific subjects such as legislation, policies and procedures. This course covers those subjects and gives the tools to effectively do their job.