Heavy Metal Rocks

Program Description

What is this program about?

The Heavy Metal Rocks Project will provide opportunities for students to explore the wide variety of rewarding career choices as heavy equipment operators in the construction industry. Twenty six Grade 11 and 12 students from School District No. 73 will begin with heavy machinery as part of Heavy Metal Rocks, a program designed to provide on-the-job experience to students as they consider career options before returning to class next week.

At the T’Kemlups Indian Band gravel pit, the students begin their program at 7:30am.  During the three days they rotate through different stations, experiencing 13 different types of heavy construction equipment, under the direction of experienced operators who also act as mentors.

More than 50 companies and sponsors, along with a large number of individuals volunteer hours, equipment, and supplies, to make this program a success. If you are able to help out click here….  This program will allow 26 excited students to experience working with big machinery, giving them more career options than those normally offered in the public school system.

Prior to working in the Pit, students and their parents receive a complete overview of the project. To prepare themselves for the day, these young workers received hazardous materials and work site safety training. They also completed their Occupational First Aid, Level 1 certification outside of class time. Through their preparation the students learn the importance of proper training and qualifications required for life-long careers.



What do students earn if they take this program?

In addition to operating heavy equipment, students will receive training in the following areas:

  • WorkSafe – New Worker / Young Worker
  • Orientation training on various pieces of heavy equipment
  • Construction Safety – Certificate
  • Occupational First Aid – Level 1- Certificate
  • WHMIS Training – Basic – Certificate


Benefits to Students

Why should students take this program?

This project is intended for students who have an interest in the construction industry and/or the operation of heavy equipment.

Students wanting more information should contact

Ron Collins, District Vice-principal of Trades

Phone: 250-318-7492

Email: rcollins@sd73.bc.ca


Learn more about our program by watching our video!


Employers interested in helping with equipment, fuel or cash donations please see our Help Wanted  flyer below!

Download Application Form – click here…