Silver Series Web-based Training:

Electric Shovel - Operation & Safety

Electric Shovel

The electric shovel is a key component of overall mine productivity. Running any brand of electric shovel safely and productively takes a skilled operator who understands the shovel and has had lots of coaching and hands-on training.

Start your operators out right with a solid understanding of the components, design and capabilities of the equipment. Help them understand the limitations and challenges before they start operating in a simulator or a real shovel.Without that understanding, an operator could run into trouble - usually expensive downtime.

This program covers three main topics in detail.

First, it helps new operators get to know the electric shovel.
Second, it covers systems, components and controls.
And, third it explains various operating and loading techniques.

Working with others is key too. The productive shovel operator works with haul truck and dozer operators to keep the shovel pit floor clean and productive as well as safe. This is one of our largest programs and will take approximately three to four hours to complete.

  • Learners are given an overview of the electric shovel including its role in mine productivity, the importance of the dig cycle, swing radius, electrocution hazards and general safety topics.
  • Another lesson covers sections, systems and components of the shovel.
  • Outline of the controls of the machine and their function, and describes typical working conditions.
  • Shift change, claiming the machine and a detailed pre-use inspection are covered next.
  • Digging depth of cut, hoisting force, over extending the dipper and boom jacking.
  • Efficient shovel operation, loading methods, optimum truck loading positioning, swing arc, proper load placement and communicating with the haul truck operator.
  • Cable movement and hazards, moving the shovel, parking and shut down.

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safety? This web-based training course can be delivered any time, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.


Recommended Prerequisite(s): Heavy Equipment - Intro & Safety, Heavy Equipment - Pre-Use Inspection
Estimated length of training program: 1.5 hour + final test
Number of test Questions: 39
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date and test score
Incorrect Question Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes

Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days

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