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New truck and construction training school opens in Sudbury

Private college builds on industry partnership to offer truck and heavy equipment training
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Sudbury, ON – April 6, 2021: As Northern Ontario’s newest construction and transportation training institution, Northern Construction Academy (NCA) offers hands-on training programs in real-world construction environments and is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Through the relationships built with the team at Pioneer Construction and Fisher Wavy, NCA was founded from the need for skilled tradespeople in the mining and construction industries across Northern Ontario.

Malcolm Croskery, COO of Pioneer Construction Inc., states that: “Over the past several years, organizations in the construction, mining and transportation industries are experiencing an increasing gap in the supply of skilled tradespeople required for these industries to keep up with demand.”

Malcolm explains that: “Construction, mining, and transportation are all considered essential services and provide long-term full-time career opportunities to individuals who pursue these career paths. We want to make training for these types of positions available and accessible for all, so we joined forces with the team at Northern Construction Academy."

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Specializing in industrial transportation training, Northern Construction Academy provides heavy equipment and transport truck training for individuals wishing to gain skills required for employment as a heavy equipment operator and/or professional AZ or DZ driver.”

Northern Construction Academy started offering programs including AZ/DZ truck training and heavy equipment operator in March of 2021. The heavy equipment program is eight weeks in length and trains students on the basic operations of bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, graders, loaders and haul trucks.

The next scheduled start date for the heavy equipment operator program is June 7, 2021. The next AZ and DZ truck training programs are scheduled to begin on April 19.

Dean Derro, general manager of NCA, mentions: “We have been extremely fortunate to attract veteran instructors with years of experience and knowledge in their applicable industries and subject matter. Although the initial program offering covers heavy equipment, AZ and DZ truck training, we also offer non-vocational courses that complement the construction, mining, and trucking industries such as surface miner common core – modules necessary to access pits and quarries, transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), first aid, and more.”

“We are working with all applicable government ministries on COVID guidelines in effort to create a safe learning environment for this essential service training.”

For more information on program offerings, or how to enroll, call us at 1-866-NCA-GRAD or visit our website at

Northern Construction Academy is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and we offer approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

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