Sep 30, 2020

The process starts with Kurt operating the Shoulder Box to disperse aggregate beside the road base. This is important because it maintains the integrity of the road by preventing the asphalt from cracking and falling apart.

After Kurt is done placing the aggregate, Kyle (Class of 2019) operates the Grader to flatten the surface and ensure the proper slope is in place. This is necessary to decrease the drop-off.

Nick follows up with the Angle Broom to clear away any runaway aggregate and to prepare for the compaction process.

Justin completes the process using the Roller to densify/compact material through the combined application of weight and vibration. This process increases the load-bearing capacity of the surface.

The entire job was led by our very own DI Graduate James (Class of 2012) who assumes the role of Grade Forman. Well done James, keep up the excellent work!

Workforce Training 2

September 10, 2020

While visiting current students on their work term, we also found a Dexter Institute alumnus – all working on the Bayers Road street renewal project! This Halifax-based job entails widening of the area between Romans Avenue and Micmac Street in order to add dedicated bus lanes.


Working in the median on the very busy Bayer’s Road, Natalie loads unwanted material into a tandem dump truck for removal. Keep up the good work!


Prior to operating the Dynapac Roller for compaction, current student Blake was tasked with running an excavator to dig out unsuitables on the job site. Awesome job Blake!


Dexter Institute almunus Sebastian (Class of 2019), working on an adjacent street, operates an excavator to perform finishing work to prep for the sidewalk and curb. Thanks Sebastian for being such a great role model for our other students!