Silver Series:

Wheel Loader - Operation & Safety

In four concise lessons, this training program shows your trainees how to be safe and productive when operating one of these versatile machines in construction and mining applications.

Silver Series: Wheel Loader - Operation & SafetySilver Series: Wheel Loader - Operation & Safety

Wheel Loader - 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. They are ideal for new operator training.

Course content is focused on four key areas:

Machine Components and Controls: Before trainees can learn how to perform common tasks with a wheel loader, they must first understand the major components and controls of the machine and their function.

Lesson 1 - Leveling Material: This lesson explains how to level material on rough and smooth ground, how to do reverse leveling and perform cleanup for other equipment - including which type of leveling is preferred based on soil conditions.

Lesson 2 - Stockpiling Materials: Carrying material and dumping it on a stockpile is a common task of wheel loaders. This section explores the optimum haul distance for wheel loader stockpiling operations, outlines a safe, productive bucket loading technique and offers tips for carrying loads safely on level ground and slopes. It also demonstrates how to dump loads at the stockpile.

Lesson 3 - Loading Trucks: Spotting and loading trucks aren't easy for a new operator to do productively. But this lesson makes it easy to understand how to manage your work cycle for maximum productivity and safety, using the V-swing loading pattern. It also explores tandem loading - where one truck is loaded by two wheel loaders at the same time - and drive-by loading techniques, and how to load large chunks of material into a truck safely.

These production machines are the linchpins of your operations. Make sure your trainees understand how to operate them productively and safely by investing in this affordable training course.

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 hour + final test
Number of test Questions: 8
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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  • Conduct operator training - 24/7
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  • Programs average 1-2 hours in length
  • "Check your knowledge" questions for improved knowledge retention
  • Integrated test to verify learning
  • A printable, customized certificate of completion for your records