Loading Shovel Plant

Loading Shovel Plant

Loading Shovel Plant

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Course Overview

Delegates will be provided with the basic knowledge and practical skills involved in operating the equipment safely and correctly in accordance with manufacturers’ instruction and accepted good practice.

  • Carry out a pre-shift inspection
  • Be able to operate safely under varying site conditions
  • Be able to carry out minor adjustments and routine services
  • Have an understanding of responsibilities under Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 & other current relevant legislation

Course Content

Training will include:

  • Basic construction, names of components and the purpose and use of all controls and gauges
  • Use of the operator’s handbook, etc
  • Pre-use, start, running checks and close-down procedure
  • Preparing the excavator for site and road travel
  • Travelling the excavator over differing types of terrain, including rough, undulating ground and up and down substantial inclines
  • Manoeuvring, progressing to confined spaces in a forward and reverse direction
  • Positioning and setting the machine to excavate
  • Precautions and actions for underground and overhead services and other hazards
  • Soil and material characteristics
  • Excavating below ground lever
  • Loading vehicles and hoppers
  • Backfilling, grading, spreading and levelling different types of terrain
  • How to remove and re-attach different buckets
  • Placing the excavator in an out-of-service condition
  • Loading and unloading procedures on and off a transporter
  • Trained operator achievement test


  • Novice Operators – 5 days training
  • Experience Operators – will vary depending on experience


This training can only take place at the clients site