Motor Grader Operator Training

Motor grader parked on a gravel road

About the Workshop

This two-day course includes one day of classroom training and one day of hands-on training delivered on-site using the hosting agency's facilities and equipment.

Day one consists of classroom instruction that will cover tort liability that operators need to know, road hazards, daily equipment maintenance, safety PPE, principles of a good road, proper profile, proper blading techniques and maintenance of roads, safe operation, snow removal, and how to build a road to include slopes, super elevations, ditches, and drainage. The training is centered on the operator and techniques for operating a grader.

Day two includes field training conducted at the hosting agency's road site, where attendees will have the opportunity to operate the equipment and practice what they've learned.

Schedule a Session

To schedule a session of this training, please contact Brian Jackson at 402-826-1815 or

Who Should Attend

Motor grader operators and supervisors who manage motor grader operators should attend this program. New operators find the training helpful and experienced operators feel it is a good refresher course. Supervisors who attend will stay abreast of new developments and operating techniques.

Course Instructor

Brian Jackson has been a heavy equipment operator for 30 years. He joined the US Navy at age 18, and by the time he left, Brian was licensed on 49 different pieces of heavy equipment. Brian then spent over 20 years at Fillmore County, NE, where he ran a route of 78 miles and completed many grade projects across the county. Brian has also worked for various private contractors operating equipment on a part-time basis. He started instructing grader operators for NE LTAP in 1999 as a volunteer before becoming a full-time equipment trainer in 2015. In 2019, he started his own training business providing equipment training across the Midwest for county, city, and state employees on virtually all equipment.


Informational Contact

With questions, contact Katherine Stanley at or call 612-626-1023.


This workshop is presented by Minnesota LTAP at the Center for Transportation StudiesUniversity of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.