Utilizing his skills as a Heavy Equipment Operator, Austin is making a smooth transition from construction to snow clearing work. Under the watchful eye of Farley, Austin receives training on a John Deere Tractor with a sidewalk snow clearing attachment.
Safety first! Austin is making sure the sidewalk attachment is properly coupled to the tractor. Did you know that Dexter clears 165 kms of sidewalk in the Bedford and Sackville area?
At the Dexter Institute we pride ourselves on having a state-of-the-art training facility, this includes mock subdivisions. Access to this training environment prepares Austin for the type of work he can expect when on the job clearing snow.
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!