At DSC Dredge, we know that proper training works hand-in-hand with experience to help you operate your dredge safely, efficiently and at peak production.
Each year, industry expert and DSC Director of Sales Charles Johnson teaches our one-day Dreducation® Class—a basic dredge operators’ training course designed to educate both industry professionals and newcomers on how to become more productive and enable them to work more efficiently. This course is designed to be hydraulic-dredge-specific—not manufacturer- or brand-specific. It explains the basic functions of each dredge type, production and maintenance goals and how to safely achieve these goals.
In developing this class, Mr. Johnson has drawn from the years he has spent gaining knowledge about every function of every piece of equipment on a dredge. The result is a world-class dredge operator training course that provides valuable insight and instruction for dredge professionals with all levels of experience.
DSC offers the Dreducation Class once a year in New Orleans. The class costs $425*, and it takes place in the spring between mid-March and mid-June. Accommodations are at a first-class French Quarter Hotel, and DSC acquires a special room rate for the training.
Dredge Operator Training
DSC offers Dredge Operator Training to all new DSC dredge purchasers and to those companies that wish to train their personnel, no matter what brand of cutter suction dredge they own. The training classes are offered in various arrangements.
For the new dredge purchaser, the class can be offered at our DSC facility as a 2-day training course. The new dredge purchaser is only responsible for lodging and transportation costs for their personnel. The preliminary agenda for this training includes a day of classroom-style training on the fundamentals of dredging and understanding dredging theories, and a second day that covers the various dredge systems, lever room controls and maintenance procedures of the new DSC dredge.
As an option, DSC also offers this training at the new dredge purchaser’s site. The new dredge purchaser is only responsible for the trainer’s travel expenses, billed at actual cost, for expenses such as airfare, lodging, car rental, and meals. The onsite training is conducted in conjunction with our Field Service startup and testing. The onsite classroom training begins the day following the dredge launching, testing and troubleshooting period, and is followed by on-the-job operator training, performed by our Field Service Technician, behind the controls of the new DSC dredge.
A one-day, in-house or onsite operator training class is also offered to any company wishing to train their personnel on a fee basis. The fees for this training are included in the table on this page.
Note: Each training class DSC conducts has a flexible agenda and format that may be changed, depending on the scope and need of each training session. This ensures that the training class is tailored to fit the participants' needs. Class participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the training process to ensure that training needs of the individual are properly addressed.
One-Day Basic Dredge Operator Training Class
|Charge Per Day*||Overtime Charge Per Day*|
(max. 10 students)
|Additional Students||$150 each||$225 each|
|Travel Charge (flat rate)||$1,200|
|Mileage (charged one-way, if applicable)||$1.25 per mile|
|Travel Expenses||Lodging, meal per-diem, car rental, parking, incidentals and airfare will be invoiced at cost.|
Per-day charges are for training classes conducted during a normal work week (Monday through Friday) and are based on a 10-hour workday. Classes or travel conducted outside the normal 10-hour workday or on Saturdays and/or Sundays are considered overtime.
*The above rates are subject to change without notice. All values are in US dollars.