The electric shovel is a key component of overall mine productivity. Running any brand of electric shovel safely and productively takes a skilled operator who understands the shovel and has had lots of coaching and hands-on training. Start your operators out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the equipment. Help them understand the limitations and challenges before they start operating in a simulator or a real shovel. Without that understanding, an operator could run into trouble—usually expensive downtime. This course covers three main topics in detail. First, it helps new operators get to know the electric shovel. Second, it covers systems, components and controls. And third, it explains various operating and loading techniques. Working with others is key too. The productive shovel operator works with haul truck and dozer operators to keep the shovel pit floor clean and productive as well as safe.
- Learners are given an overview of the electric shovel including its role in mine productivity, the importance of the dig cycle, swing radius, electrocution hazards and general safety topics.
- Another lesson covers sections, systems and components of the shovel.
- Outline of the controls of the machine and their function, and description of typical working conditions
- Shift change, claiming the machine and a detailed pre-use inspection are covered next.
- Digging depth of cut, hoisting force, over extending the dipper and boom jacking.
- Efficient shovel operation, loading methods, optimum truck loading positioning, swing arc, proper load placement and communicating with the haul truck operator.
- Cable movement and hazards, moving the shovel, parking and shut down.