Maintenance 101: Mobile Mining Equipment

Maintenance 101: Mobile Mining Equipment

Areas of Study: Maintenance

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This course covers the fundamentals of mobile mining equipment maintenance for large surface mining vehicles: haul trucks, shovels, rotary drills, and support equipment.


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Course Summary


This course covers the fundamentals of mobile mining equipment maintenance. It covers issues that are fundamental to the design or improvement of maintenance operations; the underlying ideas have been developed and tested at sites globally since 1982. The scope is confined to large surface mining vehicles: haul trucks, shovels, rotary drills, and support equipment.

The course is organized into four sections.

  • People—discusses the skills, organization and productivity factors necessary to deliver effective maintenance;
  • Process—defines the strategic, planning and scheduling, execution, and measurement attributes inherent to maintenance of large mobile equipment;
  • Technology—explains the technical environment present at most mines and discusses the key systems that affect mobile maintenance; and
  • Facilities—outlines the operating objectives and functional requirements for successful maintenance infrastructure.
The course is intended for mining professionals who are engaged in the maintenance process, either in line functions or in consulting roles, whether they are designing programs or delivering them. It is also a course that will help professionals in other functions at a mining operation or consulting company to understand the maintenance setting. The companion course describes the details of each type of contract, risks and mitigation strategies, and why certain contract types may be appropriate under specific circumstances where suppliers play a critical role in supporting mobile equipment maintenance.

Course Content

The course comprises 9 viewing sessions of 30–45 minutes each with supporting figures, tables, and multiple choice course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 7 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the mobile equipment maintenance function in a large-scale mining environment.
  • Identify the elements needed to set up or improve maintenance operations in a large-scale mining environment.

Recommended Background

  • A basic understanding of mining operations and an interest in how maintenance fits into the operation.

Michael Currie

Based in Kelowna, Canada, Michael Currie provides strategic advice to clients that wish to optimize investments in industrial assets and in the technologies that support them. He is a recognized leader in applying life cycle cost (LCC) and risk analysis to mobile equipment, and provides products and services based on these principles to clients operating around the world.

With over 30 years' experience that includes senior roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers global mining group and Finning, a major Caterpillar dealer, he brings credible industry knowledge to engagements that focus on solving problems, not just identifying them.


  • Improving fleet management practices and performance
  • Delivering solutions that support lasting financial discipline and maintenance excellence
  • Evaluating business cases for equipment investments and product support strategies
  • Improving supplier relationships through MARC contract audits and capability assessments
  • Creating and transferring knowledge through management workshops

Clients include leading mines, mining equipment manufacturers and suppliers, as well as fleet operators in other industries that require robust equipment budgets, resource estimates and maintenance strategy evaluations.