Highway Truck – Basic Operation and Safety
Highway Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Highway Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

You will learn basic operation and safety of the highway truck. The purpose of this course is to introduce the trainee to the basic skill of operating a commercial highway truck used in off-road construction or mine site applications. 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:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce the trainee to the basic skill of operating a commercial highway truck used in off-road construction or mine site applications. The course is not designed to be an over-the-road commercial driving course; nevertheless the fundamentals of basic truck operation are applicable to most scenarios and the course could easily be used as an effective primer for on-road truck operation.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 teaches trainees how to perform a pre-use inspection and to identify the major components found on the highway tractor, with detailed explanations of the checks to perform for each major component.
  • Lesson 2 covers the typical controls, buttons, and toggle switches found inside the truck's cab.
  • Lesson 3 explains what do before, during, and after starting up the truck. It includes pre-start checks and the engine start-up sequences for both warm and cold weather situations. It also explains the post start-up check process.
  • Lesson 4 explores the operation of the truck. It covers driving basics, including proper shifting and tips on how to shift smoothly, double-clutching, controlling travel speeds using the service pedal, and how and when to apply the engine brakes.
  • Lesson 5 covers the truck's air brake system. Heavy loads on commercial vehicles require more braking force than a hydraulic braking system can provide. These systems are ingenious pieces of engineering, but for trainees they can be a challenge to understand. This lesson contains diagrams and graphics that help to demystify what each braking system does and how it does its job. It also describes how to check and perform quick, minor adjustments on the brakes for maintenance.
  • Lesson 6 outlines a simple checklist for shutting down the truck, safe locations to park it when not in use and the steps for proper engine cool down.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize highway truck features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive operation of the highway truck.

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.