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Roller Operator Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 59 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator, a ruler and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill content on which questions may be based

Section 1 – Prepare roller and plan job (25%)

  • Select the right roller (pneumatic, 2 cylinder, combined, etc.) for the job
  • Use tools and products required for roller’s operation
  • Check mechanical, electrical and electronic components
  • Adjust tire pressure on a pneumatic roller
  • Apply collective and individual safety measures
  • Maintain and clean roller

Section 2 – Compact Aggregates (35%)

  • Interpret specifications and data on survey markers
  • Conduct start-up procedure
  • Compact aggregates on new or existing surfaces
  • Start vibration
  • Set engine speed
  • Set rolling speed
  • Perform back and forth passes
  • Check compacting quality
  • Park aggregate roller

Section 3 – Compacting butiminous surfacings (40%)

  • Interpret specifications
  • Recognize any difficulties associated with soil characteristics
  • Recognize road structures
  • Position roller
  • Apply post-start-up procedures
  • Set vibration level
  • Set engine speed
  • Set rolling speed
  • Perform back and forth passes
  • Check compacting quality
  • Park roller
  • Shut down engine

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship. 

  • ASSOCIATION PARITAIRE POUR LA SANTÉ ET LA SÉCURITÉ DU TRAVAIL SECTEUR AFFAIRES MUNICIPALES (APSAM). Guide de prévention – Travaux d’asphaltage, Montréal, APSAM, 1997, 48 p. (in french only)
    www.apsam.com 

  • HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA (HRSDC); TRADES AND APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION; LABOUR MARKET INTEGRATION DIRECTORATE. Heavy Equipment Operator, Gatineau, HRSDC, 2012, 90 p. (Red Seal HS42-1/47-2012E)
    www.publications.gc.ca 

  • SOCIÉTÉ DE L’ASSURANCE AUTOMOBILE DU QUÉBEC (SAAQ). Inspect Before You Go – Daily Pre-Trip Inspection Guide, Québec, SAAQ, 2002, 65 p.
    www.saaq.gouv.qc.ca 

  • www.hamm.eu 
  • www.hewitt.ca
  • www.caterpillar.com