Motor Grader – Basic Operation and Safety
Motor Grader – Basic Operation and Safety

Motor Grader – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

You will learn basic operation and safety of this versatile piece of equipment including road building and ripping. The course contains lessons including design features and components reviewed in relation to safety and productivity. Start out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the motor grader. 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


This course covers the basics of the machine that is responsible for maintaining haul roads and keeping trucks moving efficiently: the motor grader.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 identifies the major components of the motor grader, and discusses the three types of frame articulation and how each one is used.
  • Lesson 2 covers everything you need to know about operating the motor grader's ripper, including recommended techniques for ripping road surfaces and how to avoid damage to the ripper shanks.
  • Lesson 3 is focused on road construction and includes tips for effective construction of roads, shaping of road profiles and promotion of good drainage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize motor grader features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive operation of the motor grader.
  • Identify key ripping and road building 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, 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.