DC17 Training Department was go-go-go this 2018/2019 Fall/Winter off-season (= Training Season!). In addition to our usual Health & Safety courses, our SSPC offerings, the new Foreman Training Series, and the new Industrial Skills Series, IUPAT DC17 continued the rollout of our new Plural Pump Training Course.

In February, IUPAT DC17 Training hosted one [1] Plural Pump Level One (i.e., Introductory) course in Fort McMurray. Ten [10] attended! DC17’s Plural Pump Training consists of Classroom lectures (at the Operating Engineers L955 in this case) followed by hands-on operations. Attendees disassemble / tear down pumps, air motors, + start-up, operation, basic troubleshooting, and shutdown of Graco XP70/XM70 and Graco Reactor EXP2i units.

Student feed back has been fantastic. Students really appreciate this novel training, and the mobility of the training (we can come to them!).

Due to the different student skillsets for this introductory plural pump course, instructor to student ratio, and time constraints, attendees unanimously are eager for more; most tradespeople, even very seasoned tradespeople, just don’t get this sort of training on jobsites; the economics just don’t allow. So, we are developing a couple more levels (call it Level 2 & 3) for each mobile pump unit (XP70 & Reactor). These more advanced courses will have smaller instructor-student ratios for the ‘deeper’ dive into each unit. We’ll roll these more advanced levels out in the next few months.

Ft Mac in February! … Well, yes, weather was an issue! But we made it work. Thanks so much to Ed Tatum @ Mikiwam Coatings and Ryan Fizzell @ Douglas Coatings for offering their facilities and equipment!


  • Chris Hooter, IUPAT DC 17 Director of Training / SSPC Instructor / SSPC Protective Coating Specialist
  • Christian Bradley, Bolair Fluid Handling Systems / Service Supervisor / Technical Sales
  • Sean Radich, Howard Marten, Service Tech

Acknowledgments and Special Thanks to:
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Union Training and Innovation (UTIP) Stream 1

Note: The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.