Grader Operator Training-New Marlborough

Date: 9/23/2019 7:30 AM - 9/23/2019 3:00 PM

Location: New Marlborough Fire Station
205 Norfolk Road

New Marlborough, Massachusetts




Course Description

This workshop will provide students with both classroom and hands on time on a grader. Students will learn how to create a proper crown, shape a road, ditching, slope control, scarification techniques, blade pitch, grader articulation, and other things associated with operation of motor graders. All students will be given an opportunity to operate a grader and shape a roadway. Class size is limited to 10 students so sign up early as this class fills very quickly.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in gravel road maintenance weather or not you operate a grader. Supervisors will gain knowledge and things to look for in an operator.


7:30 am Registration/Breakfast
8:00 Crown and Slope 
8:30 Proper Blade Techniques
9:30 Blade Maintenance
10:00 Grader Operation
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Grader Operation
2:30 Questions
2:45 Evaluations


First Name Affiliation
Paul Town of New Marlborough
Bill Town of New Marlborough
Ed Town of Tolland
Bud Town of Hinsdale
Adam Town of Tolland
Robert Town of Tolland
David Town of Sandisfield
Scott Town of Lanesborough Highway Department
Jason Town of Conway
Ron Town of Conway
Peter Town of New Marlborough
  • Michael Smith
    Technical Training Specialist at UMTC UMass Amherst

    Michael Smith is the Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist. He was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operations and long range planning for the municipality. Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: