Hydraulic shovels demand operators who hold themselves to a high personal standard: maximum productivity supported by a zero incident rate. By loading trucks safely and efficiently, the shovel operator helps the mine to maintain a high level of production around the clock.
- Lesson 1 provides an overview of the primary components of the hydraulic shovel and what they do.
- Lesson 2 covers workplace safety as it applies to a hydraulic shovel in a production setting, including engineered and administrative controls and personal protective equipment.
- Lesson 3 discusses the importance of performing a pre-use inspection, lists the main components that need to be checked, the types of checks that need to be performed on them and helps trainees to recognize any unsafe conditions.
- Lesson 4 helps trainees to identify the location and functions of the monitoring systems and controls of a typical hydraulic shovel, and the location of the emergency shutdown switches.
- Lesson 5 covers the precautions and steps to follow when starting up or shutting down a typical hydraulic shovel, including the engine start-up sequence, how to warm up the hydraulic oil, precautions when parking the shovel for shutdown and the recommended cool down period before shutting down the machine's engines.
- Lesson 6 covers truck loading methods, how to dig with maximum breakout force and precautions when working on slopes.