Skid Steer 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.
Skid steer loaders can do a tremendous amount of work in the hands of a skilled operator. But they can also do a great amount of damage and can cause injury if not handled with care and respect. In eight concise lessons, this skid steer training program shows your trainees how to be safe and productive when operating one of these versatile machines in construction and mining applications.
This program contains eight lessons:
Lesson 1 – Introduction: This lesson introduces the trainee to the topics covered in the Skid Steer – Operation & Safety program.
Lesson 2 - Design Features and Components: Before trainees can learn how to operate a skid steer, they must first understand the major components and controls of the machine and their function, as introduced in this lesson. Also included in this lesson is the skid steer’s design features and tips for staying safe while working on or near a skid steer.
Lesson 3 - Safety and Pre-use Inspection: This lesson discusses the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE), the main components that need to be checked as part of a pre-use inspection, and how to board the machine safely.
Lesson 4 – Start Up, Controls and Testing: This lesson teaches how to start up the skid steer, discusses common warning lamps, and reviews how to test the operator controls and back-up alarm.
Lesson 5 - Machine Operation: This lesson will help trainees understand the functions of the operator controls, how to travel forward and backward, how to make turns, and how to understand the capacity and stability of the machine.
Lesson 6 - Filling the Bucket: One of the primary duties of the skid steer is moving material in its bucket. This lesson explains how to attach and detach the bucket and how to use the bucket controls of the machine. The basics of filling the bucket to capacity is also taught in this lesson.
Lesson 7 - Carrying and Dumping Loads: Once the bucket of the machine is loaded, the next tasks are to carry it somewhere and dump it. Both tasks can be challenging if not performed correctly. This lesson focuses on how to identify and react to challenging job site conditions, how to safely carry and dump a load, plus the basics of three common job site tasks - digging or excavating material, backfilling and leveling, and back dragging the bucket to level material.
Lesson 8 - Machine Shut Down: At the end of the day, it's time to shut down the nimble skid steer loader. This lesson explains a typical shut-down procedure, and also explains how to properly let the engine cool down to prevent damage from hot spots. It also provides guidelines on when and how to refuel the machine.
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: 13
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date and test score
Incorrect Question Feedback report: Yes
Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days
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