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RIIMPO302E Conduct Hydraulic Shovel Operations

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.


Unit Sector

  • Coal mining
  • Extractive
  • Metalliferous mining


Operator errors and events include a focus on the following area

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


Course 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.


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

  • Coal mining
  • Extractive industries
  • Metalliferous mining


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize hydraulic shovel features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key loading methods and productivity topics related to working with haul trucks.
  • Recognize the importance of pre-use inspection and safe start up and shut down.
  • Receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment and competency card for your wallet.


How to enrol

Please contact our office for a registration form or alternatively you can complete the registration form on our website.

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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.



Face-to-Face delivery only.


Further Opportunities

This unit forms part of the Full Qualification RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction. 


Elements and Performance Criteria

Plan and prepare for hydraulic shovel operations

  • Access, interpret and apply hydraulic shovel documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant
  • Obtain, read, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements
  • Identify and address risks, hazards and environmental issues and implement control measures
  • Select and wear personal protective equipment appropriate for work activities
  • Select, and check for faults, equipment and/or attachments
  • Comply with environmental requirements
  • Obtain and interpret emergency procedures, and be prepared for fire/accident/emergency

Operate hydraulic shovel

  • Carry out start-up, park, shutdown and secure equipment procedures
  • Coordinate activities with others at the site prior to commencing, during, and on completion of the work activity
  • Monitor and manage equipment performance using indicators and alarms, and ensure efficiency of operation
  • Drive and operate shovel smoothly, with correct reach angle, and ensure optimum bucket load without overload or strain on shovel
  • Act on or report monitoring systems and alarms
  • Continually monitor hazards and risks, and ensure safety of self, other personnel, plant and equipment
  • Complete the work plan, within the operating capacities of the equipment

Dig and load trucks

  • Position and set up shovel for safe, efficient digging
  • Determine and maintain depth of bench, ensure optimum use of bucket capacity
  • Set and monitor bucket penetration, and ensure optimum bucket load and to minimise overload or strain on shovel
  • Walk shovel and re-position for safe and efficient operation
  • Communicate with and direct truck positioning, and ensure safe loading operation
  • Load material on truck, and ensure bucket clears side of truck and is not swung over truck cabin
  • Ensure material is placed in the centre of truck tray and does not exceed truck load limit
  • Re-position shovel, and ensure safety of other operations personnel, property and equipment
  • Keep floor clear and level and remove spillages
  • Park shovel in safe area, on flat, level ground at end of operation

Carry out operator maintenance

  • Prepare machine for maintenance
  • Conduct inspection and fault finding
  • Carry out scheduled maintenance tasks
  • Return machine to service
  • Process written maintenance records

Conduct housekeeping activities

  • Prepare machine for maintenance
  • Conduct inspection and fault finding
  • Carry out scheduled maintenance tasks
  • Return machine to service
  • Process written maintenance records

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RIIMPO302E Conduct Hydraulic Shovel Operations