There is a lot of interest in dump truck mining jobs, but you hardly hear anything about people considering a job as an excavator operator. In this article we will take a look at excavator training, what is required and who are the training providers.
Types Of Excavators In The Mines
The whole process of open pit mining is basically, finding the resource and then extracting it from the ground.
And while all mines have different strategies for the extraction process, excavators play a big role. The size of the mine (or mining company) can have an impact on the size of their equipment. Excavators can be up to a couple of hundred tonnes in size – and can be a bit different to the standard 1-2tonne ones that you might see on a building site.
Excavator Training Companies In QLD
- 100% Training - Biloela
100% Training is a Registered Training Organisation located in Biloela, Central Queensland that services all of Queensland. They have courses for a range of load-shifting equipment – including excavators.
- Major Training Group - Yatala/Caboolture/Ipswich
This excavator training course is a competency based and allows participants to complete both the formal and informal requirements of the license at one of MTG’s simulated work sites.
- Industry Training QLD - Townsville
ITQ is a Townsville based, heavy vehicle and machinery training company that has been training drivers and operators for over 10 years.
- Plant Operator Training - Gold Coast
BARRY DUNN specialises in advanced earth moving training and assessment to comply with the Queensland Government’s Health and Safety requirement for Civil Plant Operation.
- Mine Machine Training – Pialba
ll courses offered by Mine Machine Training are recognised within Queensland and have gained accreditation from the relevant authorities. This accreditation is constantly reviewed by the relevant training authorities
What About Certificates & Accreditation After You Complete Your Training?
These excavator courses are usually only a couple of days in length and there is still a few more things that you will need to do before you can apply for your excavator license.
After you have completed your training, you will be required to take a theory-based assessment, after which you will be given a log book and be required to complete training hours under supervision.
Once you have filled out your log book and have been deemed competent (read unit of competency), you complete excavator training is over and you will usually have one more assessment. Upon successful completion, the training company provide you with an assessment summary, which they will also sent to WHS Queensland along with a statement of attainment. You should receive your license within 60 days.