Grader Operator-Blended Learning - Plainfield

Date: 2/21/2024 7:30 AM - 7/24/2024 2:30 PM

Location: Plainfield DPW
38 N Central St. Plainfield Ma

Plainfield, Massachusetts



This class has reached its capacity. To be placed on a wait list please click on the link below


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Course Description

This blended learning course will provide students with both self-guided online modules and a virtual class with the instructor (on Zoom). A future in-person class will be held (when permitted) to allow for hands-on time with 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 in the virtual session and in-person class.

IMPORTANT: The virtual zoom class will be held on July 16 at 8:00am.

The in-person hands-on grader training for this class will take place on July 24.

The following self-guided Online Modules portion of the course MUST be completed prior to the virtual class on July 16.

Online Modules:

  • Module 1: Course Introduction
  • Module 2A: Grader Operation
  • Module 2B: Grader Operation Cont.
  • Module 3: Course Conclusion
  • Zoom Link & Next Steps

Information for the virtual class on July 16 can be found in the confirmation email you receive after registering or in the “Zoom Link & Next Steps” online module. Please only use the link for the date assigned to your session.

Target Audience

This course is for anyone involved in gravel road maintenance whether or not you operate a grader. Supervisors will learn what skills to look for in an operator.

Class size is limited to 10 students, so sign up early, as this class fills very quickly.

Attendees will not receive full credit for this course until they complete the in-person, hands-on training.

For technical questions throughout the course, please contact the UMass Transportation Center at


This event is accessible to people with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance (such as translated documents or an interpreter) to fully participate, please contact the UMass Transportation Center at 413-545-2604 or at least 14 days prior to the event.  Such services are provided free of charge.

First Name Affiliation
Hunter Town of Plainfield
Andrew Town of Plainfield
Chris Town of Cummington
Michael Town of Westhampton
Charlie Town of Tolland
Carm Town of Egremont
Timothy Town of Egremont
Cameron Town of Cummington
Duane Town of Plainfield
Austin Town of Westhampton
  • Michael Smith
    Technical Training Specialist at UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)