Electric Shovel - Operation and Safety

8 modules


Course Length
2 hours

Edumine Courses

05 Feb 2021



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.


Vista Training

Duration: 2 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Operations
Level: Specialize
Version:  v1.0.0






Overall Course Specifications:

Estimated length of training program: 1 hour + final test

Number of test questions: 38

Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes

Final Exam Feedback report: Yes

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Overview of the electric shovel and its uses and place on a mine
  • Various types of shovels used today
  • The productivity cycle of the shovel
  • Safety and hazards to be aware of when using a shovel

Lesson 2: Systems, Components and Controls

  • Overview of the main sections of the electric shovel
  • Definition of the systems on a shovel and their functions during operation
  • Control identifications and monitoring

Lesson 3: Pre-use Inspection

  • Overall inspection and equipment area safety
  • Approach and work area inspection techniques
  • Step-by-step pre-use inspection of an electric shovel
  • Ways to report defects

Lesson 4: Basic Operation

  • Pre-start checks and function test to complete before operation
  • Basic operation skills – hoist, crowd, swing, and propel
  • Step-by-step completion of a basic shovel cycle
  • Continual equipment monitoring and shut down techniques

Lesson 5: Efficient Operating Skills

  • Techniques for operating more efficiently and completing your cycle productively
  • Positioning your shovel and the trucks or loaders to load
  • Placing the load effectively for better productivity and safety

Lesson 6: Relocating and Safe Shut Down

  • Shovel movement planning and risk assessment
  • Steps for traveling and relocating a shovel
  • Cable maintenance and manipulation for safety and productivity
  • Safe shovel parking and exit

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define the role of an electric shovel on a mine
  • Identify the main components and controls of an electric shovel
  • Complete a proper pre-use inspection before operating
  • Explain various operating and loading techniques


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
    • Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

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Systems Components And Controls
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Pre-Use Inspection
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Basic Operation
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Efficient Operating Skills
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Relocating And Safe Shut Down
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