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We intend to train and certify you on 10 pieces of heavy equipment, what we refer to as “horizontal” or “yellow” equipment. We also intend to train and certify you in 10 different site skills.

Skill development training on the equipment will include two different backhoes, one excavator, two different skip loader graders, one Skidsteer, one dump truck, one dozer, one wheel loader, and one ride on trencher. You will also receive 15 hours on training at the Johnson CAT facility in Riverside, California on their M Series road grader simulator. CAT will give you a certificate for taking their training and that certificate is required as a part of the certificate that you will receive here from us.

Here is a look at what it takes to get certified with “Back Bucket” Skills
Backhoe/Excavator (back bucket skills)
We intend to train you on 2 backhoes and 1 excavator. To get certified on each piece of equipment you will be required to successfully do a walk-around safety inspection, control identification, start up procedures, equipment specific tasks – done to standards, and shut down procedures.

For the walk-around safety inspection, the instructor will explain to you what needs to be checked, he will send you out to do the checks, and you will return to give your results to him. If you did not do the checks properly or if you provide him with the wrong information, he will take you out to the equipment, show you how to properly inspect the equipment and have you demonstrate to him there that you are capable of doing it properly.

For control identification, the controls will be identified to you through written material and/or by the instructor. After which, you will sit in the seat and explain to the instructor what each control does.

We do start up procedures to get familiar with the controls, to make sure the attachments work properly, and to cycle the hydraulic fluid through the system. Those start up procedures will be explained to you and after you demonstrate knowing them, you will get on the equipment and demonstrate doing the start up procedures. We will video you doing this and the video will go up on your YouTube Channel.

The equipment specific tasks done to standards for the backhoes and excavator will include demonstrating a process we call fanning and digging a trench.Fanning is demonstrating bucket control by going out and coming back with only the bucket teeth touching the ground. This process is used to level the ground, for leveling the bottom of a trench, and compacting.

Digging a trench requirements are that the trench must be the full reach of the equipment, 2 feet deep, have a flat bottom, with proper placement of the spoil pile, and completed within 10 minutes. You must also dig the trench in a straight line.

The shutdown procedures include getting the equipment cleaned up, inspected, reporting any deficiencies and made ready for the next day.
When you finish this training you will be certified to operate any backhoe and excavator.

NOTE: All of this training is pass/fail. To pass, you will be required to demonstrate that you have acquired each skill. If needed, you will get extra practice time and extra instructions. We expect that you will be able to pick it up and acquire each skill within want we feel is a reasonable period of time.

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Here is a look at what it takes to get certified with the site skill “Supervisor” This is not the complete list. Your check-off sheet will be two pages long.

You will be a supervisor for one week. You will report to the instructor at the beginning of each class and ask “Sir I am here, is there anything you need done?” and at the end of each class and say “Sir, I am leaving now, is there anything you need done before I leave?” In addition, at the end of each class period, you will report to the instructor and ask “Sir, is there anything you need done before I take my break?”

The Supervisor, on every job, is responsible for:

  • Getting done what his boss needs to get done.
  • Knowing how to get it done.
  • Getting it done through others – training them if necessary.
  • Getting the job completed – properly – on time.
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50% of this evaluation is training the clean-up person and making sure it is done properly.

Each student must be trained and know how to do all of the following.
You are required to must make sure that they have the training or get properly trained.
You can train them yourself or have someone who is already trained to do it for you.
Remember to take out the spray nozzles and the bucket for trash on Saturday.

  • Fueling and fuel station training –
    1. how to load and operate the pump
    2. How to take and record readings on fuel levels
    3. how to remove pump and seal drum
  • Zerts cleanup
    1. paper towels, wooden sticks, solution
    2. ladder if necessary
    3. bucket for trash
  • Pressure washer training and washing.
    1. get washer
    2. set up and train if necessary
    3. Roll up and put away full of fuel and oil.
  • Windows and grease.
    1. Move to the picture area
    2. Wash windows inside and out.
    3. Grease with one shot of grease.

Shutdown Materials –

Get them together in two buckets and have them taken out at the end of the day on Saturday to clean equipment. Make sure they come back and are set up for next week.

  • Do not refill the grease gun when it runs out of grease. When it runs out, you will give a class on how to refill it.
  • Make sure that everyone knows what they learned this week and that they have two things to put up on the board.