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Skid Steer - Operation & Safety v2.1.1H5 (MAINSSSS)

Skid steer loaders are indispensable machines on any jobsite. They are valuable because of their versatility. They are compact and mobile, getting into places where larger equipment cannot fit. They use a wide range of attachments from brushes to buckets to augers, which allow them to clean sidewalks, remove snow, move earth, carry logs and dig trenches, fence posts and footings. Skid steers can even be outfitted with tracks that improve their flotation. That means they can work in muddy conditions and on grass surfaces without tearing up the ground.

Skid steers can do a tremendous amount of work in the hands of a skilled operator. They can also do a great amount of damage and cause injury if not handled with care and respect. What they do is up to one person: the operator. This skid steer training program shows your trainees how to be safe and productive when operating one of these versatile machines in construction and mining applications.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
• Recognize how the unique design of the skid steer influences safety and productivity.
• Identify the major components of the machine.
• Know the differences between machines with tires and tracks.
• Identify the safety features of the machine.


Lesson 1: Introduction
• Introduction to the skid steer.
• Review the content of the entire course.

Lesson 2: Design Features and Components
• Introduction to the skid steer’s design features.
• Identification of the skid steer’s main components.
• Identification of the essential operator controls.
• Introduction to the skid steer’s safety features.

Lesson 3: Safety and Pre-use Inspection
• Discussion of the importance of wearing personal protective equipment.
• Discussion of the importance of inspecting the work area.
• Overview of pre-use inspection points.
• Description of safety decals.

Lesson 4: Start Up, Controls and Testing
• Description of how to start and warm up the machine.
• Identification of instrumentation and gauges.
• Description of warnings and instruction on what to do should one occur during operation.
• Description of testing the control systems.

Lesson 5: Machine Operation
• Discussion of the operator controls.
• Discussion of how to travel forward and backward.
• Discussion of how to make turns.
• Discussion of stability of the machine.
• Discussion of how to understand machine capacity.

Lesson 6: Filling the Bucket
• Description of attaching and detaching the bucket.
• Discussion of bucket position.
• Description of how to use bucket controls.
• Discussion of filling the bucket.

Lesson 7: Carrying and Dumping Loads
• Discussion of the importance of knowing job site conditions and being aware of surroundings.
• Discussion of traveling on a slope.
• Description of how to carry a load.
• Description of how to dump a load.
• Description of digging, backfilling, and backdragging.

Lesson 8: Machine Shut Down
• Description of refueling the skid steer.
• Description of parking, cool down, and shut down.

Final Exam – 26 question exam with incorrect response feedback

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safely? This e-learning training course can be delivered anytime, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.

Overall Course Specifications:
Estimated length of training program: 1 - 2 hours + final test
Number of test questions: 26
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date, and test score
Final Exam Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes

Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days
  • Introduction
  • Design Features and Components
  • Safety and Pre-use Inspection
  • Start Up, Controls and Testing
  • Machine Operation
  • Filling the Bucket
  • Carrying and Dumping Loads
  • Machine Shut Down
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: 1 year