Track Excavator – Basic Operation and Safety
Track Excavator – Basic Operation and Safety

Track Excavator – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

You will learn basic operation and safety of this versatile and common piece of equipment. The course contains lessons including design features and components reviewed in relation to safety and productivity. Start out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the track excavator. 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


In this course, trainees learn how to safely and productively operate one of the most versatile pieces of equipment used in both the construction and mining industries—the hydraulic, tracked excavator (backhoe).

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 overviews the excavator's components and dig cycle, working on slopes, the correct bucket position when digging, and also highlights jobsite hazards—both above and underground.
  • Lesson 2 introduces several methods for truck loading including box cutting, bench and drive-by loading.
  • Lesson 3 covers trench design, cutback methods, and the effect ground conditions may have on trench design, plus a practical three-step process for digging a stable trench.
  • Lesson 4 deals with operating skills for lifting loads, including reading lifting capacity charts and safe rigging and lifting techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize track excavator 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 digging, loading and lifting loads.

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.