Heavy Equipment - Introduction and Safety

6 modules


Course Length
2 hours

Edumine Courses

01 Feb 2021



The purpose of this course is to introduce trainees – particularly those people who have had little or no previous exposure to mining – to key pieces of heavy equipment most often used on mine sites and large construction projects. These work sites are busy places and may expose workers to a variety of hazards and dangers. Trainees need to have a clear understanding of how these machines work and interact, and common safety hazards to be aware of when working around them. It is usually a prerequisite to most other equipment courses.


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Overall Course Specifications

Estimated length of training program: 1- 2 hours + final test

Number of test questions: 26

Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes

Final Exam Feedback report: Yes

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Course Content 

Lesson 1: Introduction to Heavy Equipment

  • Introduction to the course and work site safety.

Lesson 2: Heavy Equipment Types and Primary Uses

  • Introduces seven types of earthmoving machines and explains how each plays a part in moving material in the mine:
    • Crawler dozers
    • Hydraulic excavators
    • Motor graders
    • Wheel loaders
    • Rear-dump rigid frame haul trucks
    • Articulated frame haul trucks
    • Hydraulic face shovels.


Lesson 3: Work Site Safety

  • Identifies key safety principles, including due diligence, engineered controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment (PPE).


Lesson 4: Start Up and Shut Down

  • Explains how heavy machinery responds to being started in cold weather and what can be done to transition it to operating temperature with the least amount of machine stress.
  • Outlines important steps that must be followed when shutting down a machine after it has been working hard.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the key equipment types used in mine operations and related hazards
  • Understand core safety principals and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Identify operating principals common to most types of equipment.

About This Course
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Introduction to Heavy Equipment
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Heavy Equipment Types and Primary Uses
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Work Site Safety
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Start Up and Shut Down
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Final Exam
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Added about 2 years ago, by SAMUEL
Very good course. The illustrations could be improved to better show what the instructor is talking about.
Added over 3 years ago, by Nicole

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