Construction Equipment Training Courses


1. Perform Basic Rigging Procedures

  • Identify all major crane components.
  • Explain the function of major crane components.
  • Explain and use recommended hand signals.
  • Explain and apply all recommended safety procedures.
  • Perform all recommended operating procedures.
  • Correctly make precision lifts.
  • Understand crane control operations (AC or DC).

2. Operate a Pendant Controlled Overhead Crane

  • Carry out the daily checks on an overhead crane.
  • Be familiar with the crane and its controls (i.e. remote control).
  • Explain and demonstrate crane operating procedures correctly.
  • Understand and demonstrate the correct signals used when operating a crane.
  • Be able to effectively and efficiently lifting and maneuvering loads on a crane.
  • Taking into account hazards and obstacles.

3. Operate a Cab Controlled Overhead Crane

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of a pendant / cab controlled overhead crane.
  • Identify the safety and suitability of the crane.
  • Apply the recognized methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane.
  • Operate a pendant / cab controlled overhead crane.

4. Operate a Truck Mounted Loader Crane C32

  • Preparing a vehicle combination for road transport trips according to specification.
  • Driving a vehicle combination in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Ensuring the maintenance of road transport service quality.
  • Handling unexpected situations according to specified procedures.
  • Parking vehicle combination in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Coupling and uncoupling a drawing vehicle and trailer/s according to specified procedures.

5. Operate a Mobile Crane

  • Operate the crane safely in accordance with manufacturers handbook and accepted codes of practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts set out in company, national and international standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the controls of the particular model used during training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of lifting tackle.
  • Estimate the weight of loads.
  • Use appropriate communication.

6. Operate a Tower Crane C41 to C42

  • Crane theory.
  • Basic rigging and slinging practices.
  • Pre-operational checks.
  • Practical operations.

7. Explain and Perform Fall Arrest Techniques When Working at Height

  • Understand the definitions of fall prevention, fall restraint and fall arrest.
  • Understand the requirements of fall protection.
  • Recognize the hazards associated with fall protection.
  • Know where to seek help and advice for fall protection. (FESHM Chapter 5066)

8. Reach Trucks F5

  • An outline of the main legal requirements relating to lift trucks.
  • The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) text and associated guidance on operator training for stacking rider-operated lift trucks. (This will help employers meet their legal obligations to make sure all operators receive adequate training)
  • The ACOP has special legal status, explained on page 2. (Information on features of the lift truck you need to consider)
  • Guidance on the safe use of lift trucks and how to protect pedestrians.
  • Guidance on the maintenance and thorough examination of lift trucks.

9. Counterbalanced Lift Trucks F1 to F3

  • Apply the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the lift truck with reference to safety procedure in the workplace.
  • Identify and classify freight/loads taking into account documentation, packaging and labeling associated with the specific freight.
  • Handle, load and store freight in accordance with industry and environmental standards.
  • Achieve maximum work performance of lifting equipment and attachments, by applying knowledge of equipment dimensions, controls, principles of operation capacities and attachments.
  • Operate equipment in accordance with laid down organisational and legislative standards and procedures as well as manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Access available emergency support systems and services in case of incidents and accidents.

10. Operate Overhead/Gantry Cranes C30 to C31

  • Demonstrating knowledge of the functions of a crane.
  • Identifying the safety and suitability of the crane type prior to utilisation.
  • Inspecting and recording the operational fitness of the components of a crane.
  • Operating an overhead crane in a safe and competent manner.
  • Accessing available support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents.

11. Operate Truck-Mounted Cranes C32

  • Operation of the Crane.
  • Slinging & Transportation of Loads.
  • Hand Signals.
  • Attachments.

12. Lattice Boom Mobile Crane C33; C36; C43

  • Crane components identification and checks.
  • Operating a mobile crane.
  • Lifting and handling loads.
  • Safety rules applicable to crane operations.
  • Correct use of wire ropes.
  • Drums and sheaves.
  • Inspecting rigging equipment.
  • Correct placement of loads and sling methodology.

13. Aerial Platform– Cherry Picker C53

  • Making use of safe operating procedures and practices of mobile elevated work platforms.
  • Correcting and safe placing of people, tools and equipment onto mobile elevated work platforms.
  • Overseeing shut down procedures.
  • Building and maintaining operator's capability.

14. Aerial Platform Scissors Lift C53

  • Complete a pre-shift check of the aerial platform that covers inspection of the lift for damage, loose or missing parts, examination of hoses and cables for damage and leaks, adequate fluid levels, smooth operation of all controls, position of outriggers or pothole guards, manufacturer recommended items, etc.
  • Inspection and use of fall arrest equipment.
  • Operation of the lift including driving, positioning and elevating the platform while complying with capacity limit of machine and maximum slope considerations.
  • Our trainer will complete a written evaluation of each operator's skills in this regard.

15. Erect and Dismantle Prefabricated Aluminium Alloy Scaffolding

  • Describing prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding and scaffolding components.
  • Preparing to erect prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding.
  • Erecting prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding.
  • Dismantling and storing scaffolding.

16. Lift and Move a Load Using Mechanical Lifting Equipment

  • Different kinds of lifting devices.
  • Moving equipment.
  • Scaffolds used in rigging.

17. Lift and Move a Load Using Manual Lifting Equipment and Tackle

  • Understand the basic physics as they relate to weight, gravity and center of gravity.
  • Explain the concepts of work vs. energy and power.
  • Describe what determines the efficiency of mechanical advantages.
  • Explain the three classes of levers.
  • Describe the efficiency of inclined planes.
  • Describe the two types of pulley configurations.

18. Sling and Communicate During Crane Operations

  • Demonstrating an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in crane operations.
  • Inspecting and evaluating lifting gear, preparing and slinging regular loads, as well as communicating during crane operations.
  • The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.
  • Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of mechanical handling specialists who are able to competently use science and technology when applying operation techniques.
  • The contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. This in turn will enhance the employability and career prospects of learners employed in this sector.

19. Rough Terrain Lift Truck (Bell Tri-wheeler) F11

  • Discuss and apply the regulatory framework for operating rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment.
  • Describe the rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment to be operated.
  • Demonstrate mechanical awareness of the rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment.
  • Inspect the rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment.
  • Handle loads with a rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment.
  • Operate the rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment.

20. Operate a Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane

  • Safe operating procedures for RTG driver.
  • Operating the RTG.
  • Risk detection and safety.
  • Pre use checks.
  • Technical safety procedures.
  • Daily inspections and maintenance.
  • Tour of the RTG.
  • Safety of the RTG operator. (depending on type RTG)
  • Working with the RTG.
  • Operating RTG.

21. Demonstrate Knowledge of the Regulatory Framework for Lifting Machines

  • Explaining the legislative framework governing lifting machines.
  • Explaining the Driven Machinery Regulations (1988) [DMR] and related Regulations.
  • Maintaining the safety of self and others.

22. Telescopic Boom Handler C46

  • Discussing and applying the regulatory framework for operating telescopic boom handlers.
  • Describe and explain the function, use and correct operation of the telescopic boom handler.
  • Demonstrating mechanical awareness of the telescopic boom handler.
  • Inspecting the telescopic boom handler.
  • Handling loads with a telescopic boom handler.

23. Erect, Use and Dismantle Access Equipment for Construction Work

  • Erect and dismantle a system scaffold with ladder access.
  • Erect and dismantle a trestle scaffold.
  • Erect and dismantle an extension ladder.
  • Make use of a step ladder.

24. Operate Skid Steer Loader

  • Discuss how weight distribution affects skid-steer loader steering and stability.
  • Explain the difference between tipping load and rated operating capacity.
  • Have an understanding of the hydrostatic transmission, and that the loader will react the moment the steering levers are moved.
  • Explain why maintenance is an important factor for safe, efficient, and productive operation.
  • Identify the controls and their functions.
  • Identify the loader's safety features and explain their importance.
  • Explain the steps of safe entry and exit.
  • Explain the reason for changing attachments and the use of the Bob-Tach system.
  • Know the fundamentals of safe maneuvering, traveling and working with the attachment.
  • Know the fundamentals of efficient maneuvering, traveling and working with the attachment.

25. Operate Backhoe Loader

  • To gain the necessary skills required to drive and operate a Backhoe/Loader competently and safely.
  • Trench digging.
  • Loading and dumping.
  • Stockpiling.
  • Leveling.
  • Truck loading.
  • Boarding procedures.
  • Cad system check.
  • Lift, carry and place materials.

26. Operate a Tracked Dozer

  • Carry out pre-start inspections.
  • Operate safely under different site conditions.
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine service.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities under relevant legislation.
  • Operate machine safely and correctly in accordance with manufacturer’s manual, instructions and accepted codes practice.
  • Introduction to machine.
  • Relevant regulations/legislation.
  • Maintenance of machine.
  • Controls and instruments.
  • Form stockpiles from excavations.
  • Slot dozing.
  • Leveling.

27. Operate a Rigid Body Dump Truck

  • Introduction to rigid dump trucks. (types and construction)
  • Getting to know the rigid dump truck.
  • Basic mechanical appreciation.
  • Daily checks and servicing.     
  • Controls, levers, pedals and instruments.     

28. Operate a Grader

  • Conduct walk around inspections and preventive maintenance.
  • Demonstrate component identification.
  • Demonstrate understanding and ability to safely operate grader.
  • Demonstrate various maneuvers and grading techniques.
  • Understand effective machine positioning and material control.
  • Understand key elements of road maintenance and construction.
  • Understand aspects of machine transporting and hauling.

29. Operate Excavator

  • General knowledge on earthworks and surveying.
  • Principal components, power and transmission systems of an excavator.
  • Daily inspection and weekly maintenance of the excavator.
  • Pre-start and shut-down procedures.
  • Trenching, ditching and slope cutting techniques.
  • How to maintain stability in operation.
  • Good practices for backfilling, traveling and loading excavated materials onto vehicle.
  • Safety requirements.
  • Interpret drawings, calculate earth quantities, levels, slopes and width of excavations.

30. Operate Articulated Dump Truck

  • Drive site dumpers of various types and capacities.
  • Drive efficiently and safely under different site conditions, including gradients.
  • Position the dumper correctly for discharging into- and loading from excavations.
  • Tow and reverse small trailers.

31. Operate Front End Loader

  • Understanding Regulations: Within federal, provincial and individual company policies.
  • Knowledge of the types of front end loaders: Rigid frame, Articulated frame and attachments.
  • Understand the main parts vs. each function: Hydraulic system, cylinder assemblies, steering system, accumulator and locking system, front loader assembly, main controls and functions, engine compartment and wheels and tires.
  • Understanding front end loader safety operations: Stability, overloading and improper loading, maneuverability, side slope and grades and hazard assessment of the worksite.
  • Safe operation of front end loader: Pre-use inspections, filling and dumping the bucket, digging, leveling and undercutting, loading a truck, operating on a slope or grade, shutdown and parking, proper loading and transporting with trailer and working with a banksman.
  • Gasoline and diesel fuel and workplace fire safety procedures.

32. Operate Tractor

  • Preparation and maintenance of tractors.
  • Safe procedures and observation of tractors.
  • Safe driving and handling of tractors.
  • Hitching and maneuvering with trailer implements.
  • Fitting and operation of PTO’s.
  • Hitching and maneuvering with mounted implements.
  • Basic use of a tractor mounted loader.

33. Convey Dangerous Goods by Road

  • Duties and responsibilities when conveying dangerous goods by road.
  • Roles and functions of consignors when conveying dangerous goods by road.
  • Drivers- Conveying dangerous goods by road.
  • Functions and duties of operators involved with dangerous goods conveyed by road.

34. Develop Construction Work Plans

  • Identify given specifications for construction assignments.
  • Determine construction work requirements based on given specifications.
  • Develop work plans that meet statutory requirements.

35. Identify, Use and Maintain: Tools, Machines, Equipment and Materials for Building and Civil Construction Activities

  • Identify, use and maintain a range of hand and power tools, machines and equipment.

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