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There are several choices of equipment for excavation work. The choice mainly depends on the job to be done. However, one of the most popular items of equipment on a job site is the rubber-tire tractor-mounted backhoe. Operators of a backhoe need to be aware that they are operating a potentially dangerous piece of equipment. They should know all the parts of the equipment and operating procedures for the particular job. Since safety is a main job requirement, operators should know how to conduct daily preventive maintenance on the machine and practice safety at all times.

  • 20 machine hours for certification
  • Students will be completing daily check lists to ensure machine is in a good and safe operating condition
  • Tasks to be preformed during operation;
    • Trenching
    • Backfilling
    • Loading trucks
    • Level materials
  • Day begins with a preoperational inspection including fluid checks, walk around inspections, and machine warm up before operation
  • Prior to shutting down machine, ensure that the front-end loader bucket is safely level to the ground
  • Make sure to park machine on dry level ground