This course is 6-8 Hr depending on experience. Compact or Mini Excavators are tracked or wheeled vehicles that are mostly used for digging and lifting but can also be used with a wide variety of attachments. They normally come with an independent swing boom and a backfill blade. Operators must develop a good understanding of how both the blade and boom operate

Course Content

This course describes how to safely operate the excavator, and includes a review of regulations, site hazards, safety features, inspection procedures and emergency planning.  There is both classroom training as well as limited hands-on training.

Course outline

  • Safety Regulations & Standards
  • Excavator Fundamentals & Controls
  • Hazard Identification
  • Preventative Maintenance & Procedures
  • Site & Pre-Operational Inspections
  • Machine Orientation & Safe Operation
  • Proper Start Up & Shut Down Protocols
  • Steering, Maneuvering, Excavating Techniques
  • Trenching & Excavating Techniques
  • Machine Positioning & Control
  • Transporting & Hauling Securement Standards
  • Proper Loading Procedures