VIDEO: Students ‘rock’ heavy equipment

Local kids get a chance to control heavy equipment with one-on-one instruction for the weekend.

Eighteen students from Fraser-Cascade and Chilliwack school districts tried their hands behind the controls of a variety of heavy equipment over the weekend during the Heavy Metal Rocks event held at Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School in Mission.

The group of selected high schoolers rotated between machines including excavators and dozers carrying out tasks that mimicked real job situations.

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Left to right: Student Myah Kohli (GW Graham), consultant Christine Bay, and students Jalena Krys (GW Graham) and Léa Petersen (Hope Secondary). Bay says the number of females in the industry is rising as employers shed an outdated male-dominated workplace culture.

A student receives instruction during the Heavy Metal Rocks event at IHE operator school on Sunday.

GPS training during the Heavy Metal Rocks event at IHE operator school on Sunday.

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