Fuel and Lube Truck – Basic Operation and Safety
Fuel and Lube Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Fuel and Lube Truck – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

This course focuses on recommended best practices related to fuel and lube truck operations. These apply to most fuel and lube equipment operators at a mine site and include: safety, PPE, three points of contact, nozzle and pump procedures, pre-use inspection, claiming the machine, lube dispensing, refueling, and much more. 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:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary


Because fuel and lube trucks spend much of their time working around large equipment and transporting flammable liquids to them in the field, it's critical for their operators to do so safely. This training course teaches the fundamentals of operating a fuel and lube truck manufactured by Wabash in a mine environment. The principles it covers are also applicable to other brands of lube trucks and other settings.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 introduces safety rules that apply to a fuel and lube truck operator, including: personal protective equipment requirements, mounting the machine with three points of contact, advice on moving equipment, smoking policies, nozzle and pump procedures, contacting operators before moving into their work area, and the principles of safe off-road driving.
  • Lesson 2 identifies the major components found on a fuel and lube truck and explains how to perform pre-use inspection checks on each of them. This lesson covers how to approach the truck, how to claim the machine, the lube house and bulk fuel tank inspection, lube dispensing bay, emergency shut-down controls, fuel dispensing bay, primary fuel pump and shut-off valves, oil tanks, pumps, hose reels, remote filling bay receivers, and the used filter compartment.
  • Lesson 3 explains the steps to service equipment, starting with how to approach the machine that needs to be serviced and the precautions to take when doing so. This lesson outlines the steps to follow when re-fueling auxiliary equipment such as light plants, and situations that would require a personal lock and tag to be used. It gives pointers on contacting the dispatcher before entering an area, being familiar with the work schedules of equipment that is to be serviced, steps to follow when greasing equipment, and what to do when servicing is completed.
  • Lesson 4—At least once per shift, fuel and lube operators need to fill up the service truck's bulk fuel and oil tanks. This lesson explains the proper procedures for approaching the lube island, checking receptacles, connecting the fuel transfer nozzle, attaching the fuel and static electricity monitoring system, fuel transfer, monitoring the refueling process, what to do when fueling is complete, and evacuating the waste oil tank.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize fuel and lube truck features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to working with and around fuel.
  • Identify the steps a fuel and lube truck operator performs when servicing equipment.

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.