Municipal Equipment Operator Course

Stay tuned to this page for all information regarding the Municipal Equipment Operator Course. More information will be coming in June 2024 regarding the application process. 

The Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) is pleased to announce a significant investment from the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) to address the imminent labour shortage facing municipal public works departments across the province. This funding, provided through MLITSD’s Skills Development Fund, will enable the development and implementation of a specialized Municipal Equipment Operator course designed to equip future municipal employees with the essential skills needed to maintain and improve our communities’ infrastructure.

As Ontario municipalities’ grapple with the challenges posed by an aging workforce and increasing demands for infrastructure maintenance, the need for skilled municipal workers has never been more pressing. The Municipal Equipment Operator course, developed in collaboration with industry experts and educators, will provide comprehensive training in heavy equipment operation, basic road maintenance techniques, legislative compliance, and more.

One of the primary barriers for individuals seeking employment in municipal public works roles is the requirement for a DZ license. Recognizing this challenge, successful graduates of the Municipal Equipment Operator course will not only receive training in heavy equipment operation, but will also undergo testing for their DZ license, removing a significant barrier to entry into the field.

“As Ontario’s growing population increases the need for new road infrastructure, as well as the pressures on road maintenance, municipal public works departments are facing growing demands for more workers,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, and Skills Development. “To complement our government’s historic investments in new road infrastructure, we are proud to invest over $1.3 million through our Skills Development Fund to create the talent highway we need to maintain and improve our road infrastructure.”

“This investment from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Skills Development is a crucial step towards ensuring that Ontario’s municipalities have access to the skilled workforce needed to maintain the essential infrastructure that supports our communities,” said John Maheu, Executive Director of AORS. “By working with Fanshawe College Corporate Training Solutions to provide specialized training and support for individuals pursuing careers in municipal public works, we are investing in the long-term health and safety of our communities.”

Mike Alcock, Immediate Past President of AORS and Director of Public Works for the Municipality of Morris-Turnberry, emphasized the dedication of AORS’ staff in advocating for solutions to address the looming labour shortage in municipal public works departments. “Over the past year, AORS has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the critical need for skilled municipal workers,” said Alcock. “This funding represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to ensure that municipalities have the resources and support they need to maintain essential infrastructure to keep our communities safe.”

Looking towards the future, AORS President and City of Belleville’s Director of Transportation & Operations Joe Reid, expressed optimism about the organization’s role in shaping the landscape of municipal public works. “This investment marks a turning point for AORS and underscores our commitment to providing innovative solutions to the challenges facing our industry,” said Reid. “With this funding, we have the unique opportunity to expand our offerings and support the next generation of municipal public works superheroes as they embark on fulfilling careers in public service.”