FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Project heavy duty is giving high schoolers the chance to put the skills they have learned to the test.
Around 16 or so students are given the chance to use and learn how to operate heavy equipment. This years project: Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School.
From excavators to rock trucks to dozers, there is no shortage of equipment for the students to learn with. The students are always supervised by professional operators.
Sponsors are what helps keep this project going. Sponsors generously donate equipment, gas, facilities as well as first aid to the project.
The project is usually scheduled at the end of May and goes for 5 full working days.
To make sure the students are safe, WorkSafe goes over proper safety protocols with the students. The students receive one on one training on the equipment before they use it.
Students are selected after they submit their resume and have an interview. Students from North Peace Secondary, Hudson’s Hope, Prespatou and Distance Education are eligible.