To perform High Risk Work requires a proper licence in almost all businesses in Australia. Construction, demolition companies or any other heavy industry often require such equipment. The use of cranes, excavators, hydraulics or earthmovers, are common but risky. Therefore, operating them requires proper training and licence. 

What is an Excavator? 

An excavator heavy construction equipment which is also called a digger or a mechanical shovel. Excavators consist of a dipper, boom, bucket and a  cab that  rotates on a platform called the ‘house’. This house sits on top of an undercarriage with wheels. Modern hydraulic excavators come in varying sizes. The smaller ones are usually called compact excavators. 

Type of Jobs

Having an excavator licence widens your scope for getting properly paid jobs. The different kind of works you may be offered to do as an excavator operator is as follows:

  • Forestry Mulching
  • Demolition Jobs
  • Mining 
  • Trenching
  • Drilling
  • Rock blasting
  • Operate as a Pile driver
  • Shift heavy loads
  • Snow Removal
  • Hydro Excavation
  • Brush Cutting
  •  Foundation Work etc. 

Need for Training to get an Excavator Licence

According to the Workplace Health & Safety Act of 2011, the site manager or the business owner is responsible for excavator operations. This has made it mandatory for them to hire operators who are skilled and have a sound knowledge of operating excavators. Holding an excavator licence guarantees workplace and individual safety. 

So, if you are seeking a job as a civil construction excavator operator, then you are required to undergo training to get an excavator licence. The licence acts as a proof of your competency and sense of responsibility in operating  heavy excavation equipment. 

Training Courses for Excavator Licence

There are several heavy vehicle driving schools in Australia, which provide all inclusive quality training to help you get your excavator licence. Both for the beginners and the experienced, comprehensive training packages are available. Latest excavation equipment are offered to train candidates, same as those expected to operate in the work field. Applicants are trained under experienced instructors and supervisors. Generally, the training courses for excavator licence consists of the following modules:

  • Different uses of Excavators 
  • Configuration and Settings
  • Load Movement 
  • Control System and Configuration
  • Excavator Attachments
  • Operating the Machine
  • Proper Maintenance 
  • Pre and Post Machine Inspection
  • Controlling blades
  • Trenching
  • Risk Control and Problem Identification
  • Safety Measures
  • Rules and Laws

Duration of Training Courses

Excavator operators who are new in this field require a course that lasts for 2 to 3 days while those experienced require 2 days minimum to brush up their skills. 

On successful completion of your training you shall register for your excavator licence card. 

Benefits of Undergoing Training 

Proper training makes you a knowledgeable and responsible excavator. It equips you to face every challenge that might come your way in the work field. It makes you an alert and skilled operator, who recognises the risks and dangers of the work and therefore, can tackle it all effectively.