Bucket Truck – Operation & Safety

8 modules


Course Length
2 hours

Edumine Courses

28 Apr 2021



Aerial bucket trucks come in a variety of configurations, including telescoping booms, articulating booms, or a combination of both. Before you are permitted to operate an aerial bucket truck, you will need to be adequately trained and have the knowledge to operate safely and productively.

The aerial bucket truck is a unique piece of equipment. Typically, aerial bucket trucks are used to perform tasks at heights that may not practically or safely be performed by other methods. There are many variations ranging in size, boom types, physical capacity, and equipment options.



Vista Training


Overall Course Specifications:

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

Number of test questions: 22

Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes

Final Exam Feedback report: Yes

Version: v2.0.0H5


Learning Outcomes

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

• Be able to effectively perform a pre-use inspection,

• Learn the use of the various machine controls,

• Know the proper start-up and shut-down procedures,

• Perform key function testing, and

• Understand how to safely and effectively operate the machine.                                                        

• Understand the safety aspects associated with operating an aerial bucket truck


Course Content

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Introduce the bucket truck and overall safety components
  • Overview of the operator responsibilities


Lesson 2: Pre-use Inspection

• Perform a complete pre-use inspection of all components of your equipment,

•  Ensure that all safety and instructional labels are attached and in good condition,

• Ensure that any additional add-on components are in good working order before attaching or using for operation.


Lesson 3: Start Up and Shut Down

•  Complete a proper start-up process for your equipment

•  Understand warm-up procedures and when they are required

•  Determine and complete the appropriate shut-down process

• Explain the system checks and air brake test to perform once the engine is running


Lesson 4: Controls

•  Identify the various types of controls used on aerial bucket trucks

•  Define the importance of proper usage of the outrigger and stabilizer controls

•  Demonstrate operation of the boom control from the turntable

•  Demonstrate operation of the boom control from the bucket


Lesson 5: Function Testing

• Learn how to perform the following function tests:

• Brake testing

• Engine testing

• Outrigger / stabilizer testing

• Turntable controls testing

• Bucket control testing


Lesson 6: Machine Operation

• Preparing to operate the bucket truck

• Discuss operating conditions

• Identify machine specifications and limitations

• Understand the importance of proper fall restraint use

• Examine remote utility connections


Final Exam – 22 question exam with incorrect response feedback


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


About This Course
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Pre-use Inspection
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Start Up and Shut Down
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Function Testing
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Machine Operation
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Final Exam
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