Excavator 360 / 180 Training

Accredited by the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) & Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR), Pro Trainers UK provides quality training to those in need of Certificate of Competence and Achievement. The aim of our Excavator 360/180 training courses is to provide the candidate with the essential knowledge and skill to perform his tasks to the highest level.

Excavator  training courses last between 1-10  days depending upon the requirements of the participants (refresher courses, intensive courses etc.), with partakers developing essential skills like machine operation, health and safety, and accepted good practice.

During the course, participants will be encouraged to participate in practical demonstrations and exercises, as well as learning theory lessons to ensure their understanding of the material is comprehensive.  Learn more about out Manchester based Earth Moving training courses here.


What is an Excavator?

Excavators or shovels are machines designed for digging or earthmoving works and they come in all shapes and sizes. They are very common nowadays and mainly found in construction projects, mines, quarries or just about any place where excavation is required.

The ancestor of the modern excavator as we know it today was probably the Steam Shovel, patented by William Smith Otis in 1839. Steam shovels used a system of pulleys to move their arms and bucket. However it’s working principle is exactly the same with the modern excavator.

Prior to the advent of the steam shovel all earthmoving had to be done manually. The steam shovel revolutionized the construction and civil engineering industries, bringing projects which before deemed impractical into reality

Modern excavators are diesel powered and make use of hydraulics power to perform digging. Thus these machines are also called hydraulic excavators. The basic parts that make up an excavator consist of the bucket, the stick, boom and the cab. The cab is where the operator sits and is also where the engine and hydraulic systems are located. The whole thing is either mounted on top of a tracked or wheel base and can swing 360 degrees., these excavators combine a number of components to provide safety and ease of use.

How long do Industrial excavator  courses last?

This common question is not easily answered, as the answer lies in the existing training level of the participant. Pro Trainers UK are well versed in working with companies of all shapes and sizes, and can advise on the most suitable course duration on a bespoke basis.

Key facts

1-10 Day Training Course


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Assessment report

Pro Trainers UK follow a specific set of guidelines as determined by NPORS & ITSSAR to ensure your staff are trained to the highest standard. We utilise the following points to create an assessment report specific to the training course, creating confidence in knowing employees are competent in all course requirements.

tick Pre-Operational Checks: Wheels & Tyres, Tracks, Battery, Guards, Engine Oil, Coolant, Fuel, Hydraulic Oil, Rams & Pipes,Controls, Brakes, Steering, Instruments, Horn, Stabilisers, Attachments. Etc.

tick Manoeuvring: Drove / Tracked machine around site, forward and reverse including width restrictions, over varying terrain

tick Checks: Carried out pre-excavation safety checks: Vehicles / Ground conditions / Overhead obstructions / Power lines / Underground services / Cables. Observed all safety precautions in relation to other workers.

tickTransportation: Drove / Tracked machine around site to working area forward and reverse. Set up machine to carry out excavation tasks

tick Excavation: Excavated trench 1 bucket width x _____________ metres long x _____________ metres deep Placed spoil a safe distance from edge of excavation. (  angle of repose ) Batter back side of trench Formed spoil heap on firm level surface . Backfilled excavation. Cleaned and compacted area

tick Attachments: Safely used the following attachments (State attachments used) Attachments Used:……………………………..……….  .(Will not be shown on card).

tick Quick Hitch: Engage quick hitch with attachment, Retain with pin or latch, Secure the retaining mechanism

tickType of Quick Hitch to be shown on card: No Quick Hitch used / Manual / Semi-automatic / Fully-automatic.

tick Lifting Operation: Correctly and safely lifted and positioned a load within the excavators SWL and safe working radius using Shackles / Chains / Slings / Eye Bolts (circle as appropriate) under the direction of a competent Slinger / Signaller

tick External Transport: Load – Unload Excavator to / from Lorry / Trailer / Other

tick End of Shift: End of Shift: Re-fuelled. Parked machine in safe area. Bucket(s) on ground. Applied parking brake. Applied slew locks. Secure attachments. Removed ignition key. Checked for defects. Left machine safe and secure.