Electric Shovel – Basic Operation and Safety
Electric Shovel – Basic Operation and Safety

Electric Shovel – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

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 out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the equipment. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.

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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 4 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

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.

Course Topics

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize shovel features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to working with haul trucks and other equipment.
  • Recognize the steps for safe, efficient and productive digging and loading.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.