Skid Steer - Operation & Safety

10 modules


Course Length
2 hours

Edumine Courses

26 May 2021



Skid steer loaders are indispensable machines on any jobsite. They are valuable because of their versatility. They are compact and mobile, getting into places where larger equipment cannot fit. They use a wide range of attachments from brushes to buckets to augers, which allow them to clean sidewalks, remove snow, move earth, carry logs and dig trenches, fence posts and footings. Skid steers can even be outfitted with tracks that improve their flotation. That means they can work in muddy conditions and on grass surfaces without tearing up the ground.

Skid steers can do a tremendous amount of work in the hands of a skilled operator. They can also do a great amount of damage and cause injury if not handled with care and respect. What they do is up to one person: the operator. This skid steer training program shows your trainees how to be safe and productive when operating one of these versatile machines in construction and mining applications.



Vista Training


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

Version: v2.1.1H5


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

  • Recognize how the unique design of the skid steer influences safety and productivity
  • Identify the major components of the machine
  • Know the differences between machines with tires and tracks
  • Identify the safety features of the machine




Course Content

Lesson 0: Introduction

  • Introduction to the skid steer
  • Review the content of the entire course

Lesson 1: Design Features and Components

  • Introduction to the skid steer’s design features
  • Identification of the skid steer’s main components
  • Identification of the essential operator controls
  • Introduction to the skid steer’s safety features

Lesson 2: Safety and Pre-use Inspection

  • Discussion of the importance of wearing personal protective equipment
  • Discussion of the importance of inspecting the work area
  • Overview of pre-use inspection points
  • Description of safety decals

Lesson 3: Start Up, Controls and Testing

  • Description of how to start and warm up the machine
  • Identification of instrumentation and gauges
  • Description of warnings and instruction on what to do should one occur during operation
  • Description of testing the control systems

Lesson 4: Machine Operation

  • Discussion of the operator controls
  • Discussion of how to travel forward and backward
  • Discussion of how to make turns
  • Discussion of stability of the machine
  • Discussion of how to understand machine capacity

Lesson 5: Filling the Bucket

  • Description of attaching and detaching the bucket
  • Discussion of bucket position
  • Description of how to use bucket controls
  • Discussion of filling the bucket

Lesson 6: Carrying and Dumping Loads

  • Discussion of the importance of knowing job site conditions and being aware of surroundings
  • Discussion of traveling on a slope
  • Description of how to carry a load
  • Description of how to dump a load
  • Description of digging, backfilling, and backdragging

Lesson 7: Machine Shut Down

  • Description of refueling the skid steer
  • Description of parking, cool down, and shut down


Final Exam – 26 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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Getting to know the skid steer
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Pre-use and post-use inspection
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Operating tasks
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Filling the Bucket
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Carrying and Dumping Loads
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Machine Shut Down
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Final Exam
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