Deep Foundation Installer Examination

Deep Foundation Installer Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 51 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 – Work organization (42%)

  • Preparing the work:
    • Interpreting workshop plan data
    • Determining locations
    • Selecting materials and equipment
    • Verifying excavation and utility location reports
    • Installing location markers
    • Inspecting and maintaining equipment
    • Handling parts and equipment
    • Preventing health and safety hazards on a construction site
  • Communicating in a work situation:
    • Manually signalling manoeuvres to the crane operator
    • Giving the welder instructions
  • Installing pile driving devices on the crane:
    • Connecting the lead
    • Installing safety cables and accessories on the crane
    • Selecting the driving cap
    • Installing the driving cap and the hammer
    • Installing the lead foot
    • Installing the vibratory driver

Section 2 - Pile driving techniques  (30%)

  • Putting in place soldier piles and braces for deep excavations:
    • Determination soldier pile driving locations
    • Checking the soldier piles vertically, movement, depth and driving refusal
    • Welding and oxygen cutting
    • Bracing the soldier pile structure
  • Putting in place various types of piles:
    • Method of driving H-beams, tube piles, bored piles, pedestal piles, pre-stressed concrete piles, screw piles
    • Checking the various piles verticality, movement, depth and driving refusal

Section 3 – Soil structures (28%)

  • Building sheet pile retaining wall:
    • Making and assembling a pile driving template
    • Installing the pile driving template
    • Threading sheet piles
    • Driving sheet piles
    • Checking that a sheet pile structure is watertight
    • Stabilizing sheet piles
    • Sheet pile extraction method
  • Putting a diaphragm wall in place:
    • Training wall formwork
    • Checking training wall concrete work
    • Checking the clamshell and the retention system
    • Guiding the clamshell’s insertion
    • Checking the insertion’s verticality
    • Inserting bentonite in the excavation
    • Preparing the socket
    • Checking the excavation cleanup
    • Installing the tube joint or flat joint
    • Inserting the reinforcement cage
    • Installing hoppers for concrete work
    • Joint tube extraction method

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.

  • CANADIAN WOOD COUNCIL. Wood piles, Ottawa,
    Canadian Wood Council, 1993, 76 p.
    Phone: 613 747-5544, ext. 223
    Fax: 613 747-6264 

    Hoisting and rigging: safety manual, revised January 2007, Etobicoke, Construction Safety Association of Ontario, 1995, 170 p. 

  • MICHAEL TOMLINSON and JOHN WOODWARD. Pile design and construction practice, 5th ed., New York, Routledge,
    2008, 551 p.
    Phone: 1 800 634-7064 

  • QUÉBEC (PROVINCE). Safety Code for the Construction Industry:
    S-2.1, r.6, updated to February 1st, 2011, Sainte-Foy, Éditeur
    officiel du Québec, 2010, 272 p.
    Publications du Québec
    Phone: 1 800 463-2100
    Fax: 1 800 561-3479

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