About the Course
Lesson 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of a backhoe/loader.
The main functions of a backhoe/loader are explained in terms of manufacturer's specifications
The operation of all major components is explained in terms of their functions.
The applications of a backhoe/loader are described in terms of earthmoving activities.
All safety features and warning devices on the backhoe/loader are identified, and their purposes explained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
The maximum operating capacities are explained in terms of the designed backhoe/loader capabilities.
Warnings from backhoe/loader indicators and gauges are explained according to manufacturers specifications
Corrective actions are described or demonstrated in terms of neutralising warnings received.
Lesson 2: Plan for work activities and prepare work area
Sequence of operations is determined according to site operational requirements
Required equipment to perform the work activity is selected according to site operational requirements.
Work area is inspected and prepared according to site operational requirements
Lesson 3: Start and shut down backhoe/loader
Pre-operational checks are carried out according to appropriate checklist
Daily and weekly operator maintenance is performed according to the appropriate post-operational checklist
Start-up and shutdown procedures are followed according to manufacturer's specifications. Backhoe/loader is parked according to manufacturer's and worksite requirements
Backhoe/loader hours are documented in accordance with company requirements
Backhoe/loader maintenance and faults are reported in accordance with company requirements
Lesson 4: Operate backhoe/loader.
The purpose of the various controls is explained in accordance with their designed use.
Functions of the various controls are demonstrated in accordance with the manufacturers specifications
Temporary safety signs are explained in relation to their use and placement.
Backhoe/loader performance is monitored and corrective action is taken when necessary, in accordance with manufacturer's specifications
Backhoe/loader is operated according to safe working procedures, manufacturer's specifications and earthmoving activity
Lesson 5: Transport backhoe/loader to and from site
Methods of loading a backhoe/loader for transport are explained according to safety requirements, manufacturer's instructions and transport configuration
Methods of securing a backhoe/loader for transport are explained and demonstrated in relation to lashing points and safety requirements
Driving a backhoe/loader on a public road according to the provisions of the current National Road Traffic Act.