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RIIMPO302E

Conduct Hydraulic Shovel Operations

Course Overview
This unit develops a participant’s skills and knowledge required to conduct hydraulic shovel operations in Coal and Metalliferous mining and Extractive.

This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.


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Course Code RIIMPO302E
Course Name Conduct Hydraulic Shovel Operations
Course Field Mining Plant Operator Tickets
Unit Sector

This course focuses on the following sectors:

  • Coal mining
  • Extractive
  • Metalliferous mining
Course Topics

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Provides an overview of the primary components of the hydraulic shovel and what they do.
  • Covers workplace safety as it applies to a hydraulic shovel in a production setting, including engineered and administrative controls and personal protective equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Covers truck loading methods, how to dig with maximum breakout force and precautions when working on slopes.

Additional Info

Operator errors and events include a focus on the following areas:

  • Accident Avoidance
  • Hydraulics Management
  • Engine Management
  • Maintenance Reduction
  • Productivity
  • Site Safety Procedures
  • Situational Awareness
Suitable For

This unit is appropriate for those working in mobile plant operator roles, at worksites within:

  • Coal mining
  • Extractive industries
  • Metalliferous mining
Assessment Requirements

Participants will be required to successfully complete a series of assessment tasks which may include a written exam, workbook, observation/practical demonstration and case studies.

Course Delivery

Face-to-Face delivery only.



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