The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) has been in operation since 1982 and has two, first-class training campuses – one in Oakville, the other in Morrisburg.

The OETIO offers tower and mobile crane operator training. The Institute also trains students on all types of heavy equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, tractor-loader-backhoes, forklifts and concrete pumps, and offers construction safety training programs.

The Oakville campus is located at the union’s head office. There are various types of mobile and tower cranes on site, including a Liebherr 85 EC-B5 tower crane that enables students to train in top- and bottom-climbing procedures. The campus also features state-of-the-art simulators that provide an interactive virtual environment with 3D graphics.

The Morrisburg campus is on 160 acres along the St. Lawrence River between Brockville and Cornwall. The facility features a 50,000-square-foot dome, which enables students to train on graders in the winter. The campus also features 70 single-occupancy, dormitory-style rooms, laundry facilities, a full-sized gymnasium, equipment, changing areas and Internet and Wi-Fi access. Mini-excavator simulators are set up in an indoor lab area.

Both campuses are equipped with the latest equipment and technological aids. All courses at the OETIO have been designed by professionals and tested to ensure that classroom and hands-on exercises are rewarding and useful.

Instructors have at least 10 years experience in the field. There is one instructor for every six students in the heavy equipment courses at Morrisburg, and one instructor for every four students in the crane training courses at Oakville.

The OETIO is leading the way in simulation training and has a fleet of state-of-the-art simulators for tower and mobile crane, concrete pump and heavy equipment training. The simulators give students an opportunity to test their skills in an interactive virtual environment.

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For more information:

  • Call the Oakville office at 905-469-9299 or 1-877-793-4863, or send an email to
  • Call the Morrisburg office at 613-543-2911 or 1-877-543-3549, or send an email to