Wheel Loader – Basic Operation and Safety
Wheel Loader – Basic Operation and Safety

Wheel Loader – 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 front-end or wheel loader. 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:
  • 1.5 hours

Course Summary


This training course demonstrates how to be safe and productive when operating the versatile wheel loader.

Course Topics

  • Lessons 1 and 2 provide an introduction to the front-end loader and related safety topics.
  • Lesson 3 provides an overview of the components, bucket types and controls.
  • Lesson 4 is focused on how to level material on rough and smooth ground, and how to do cleanup for other equipment.
  • Lesson 5 delves into one of the most common tasks performed by wheel loaders: carrying material and dumping it on a stockpile.
  • Lesson 6 teaches a productive technique for spotting and loading trucks, using a V-swing loading pattern.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize loader 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 backfilling.

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.