Silver Series Web-based Training:

Hydraulic Shovel - Operation & Safety

Hydraulic Shovel - Operation & Safety is part of VISTA's growing family of Silver Series online training programs, 1-2 hours in length and delivered via the web. This hydraulic excavator training program is ideal for new operator training.

Hydraulic shovels demand operators who hold themselves to a high personal standard: Maximum productivity supported by a zero incident rate. By loading trucks safely and efficiently, the shovel operator helps the mine to maintain a high level of production, around the clock.

Silver Series: Hydraulic Shovel - Operation & SafetySilver Series: Hydraulic Shovel - Operation & Safety

Course content is focused on six key areas:

Introduction - This lesson provides a helpful overview of the primary components of the hydraulic shovel and what they do.

Safe operation - Workplace safety as it applies to a hydraulic shovel in a production setting, including engineered and administrative controls and personal protective equipment.

Pre-use inspection - This lesson 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.

Machine controls - This lesson 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.

Start-up and shut-down - This lesson 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.

General operations - This lesson covers truck loading methods, how to dig with maximum breakout force and precautions when working on slopes.

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

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If you have any questions about this Silver Series excavator training course, please contact us at 800-942-2886 or 262-514-2886 or via e-mail at

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