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Lesson 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of an excavator.

The main functions of an excavator are explained in terms of manufacturer's specifications

​ The operation of all major components is explained in terms of their functions.

​ The applications of an excavator are described in terms of earthmoving activities.

​ All safety features and warning devices on the excavator are identified, and their purposes explained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications

​ The maximum operating capacities are explained in terms of the designed excavator capabilities.

Warnings from excavator indicators and gauges are explained according to manufacturer’s specifications.

​ Corrective actions are described or demonstrated in terms of neutralising warnings received

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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.

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Lesson 3: Start and shut down excavator.

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.

​ Excavator is parked according to manufacturer's and worksite requirements.

​ Excavator hours are documented in accordance with company requirements

​ Excavator maintenance and faults are reported in accordance with company requirements.

Lesson 4: Operate excavator

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.

Excavator performance is monitored and corrective action is taken when necessary, in accordance with manufacturer's specifications

Excavator is operated according to safe working procedures, manufacturer's specifications and earthmoving activity.

Lesson 5: Transport excavator to and from site

Methods of loading an excavator for transport are explained according to safety requirements, manufacturer's instructions and transport configuration.

Methods of securing an excavator for transport are explained and demonstrated in relation to lashing points and safety requirements

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