Operate Small Plant & Equipment Training Course

Operate Small Plant and Equipment


This course is designed for students to gain the skills and qualifications to operate an excavator for the Civil Construction, Mining, Building, Facilities and Asset Management industries. We offer competitive pricing on all our courses and are happy to negotiate where more than one course or more than one student will be completing the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is not available for this course. Discuss this with our support staff prior to beginning the course. Upon completion of the course you will be provided with a Photo identification card detailing your qualifications and a certificate demonstrating a Statement of Attainment (SOA)

Foundation Skills required

This section describes those pre-requisite language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.


Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation, legislation and regulations


Uses equipment operating capacity schedule to confirm safe weight load limits

Course Outline

1. Plan and prepare for operating small plant and equipment
1.1 Access, interpret and apply operate small plant and equipment documentation to ensure the work activity is compliant
1.2 Obtain, read, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements
1.3 Identify and address potential risks, hazards and environmental issues, and implement control measures
1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment appropriate for work activities
1.5 Select and check for faults plant, tools and equipment appropriate for the work activity
1.6 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures, and be prepared for fire/accident/emergency
2. Conduct pre-operational checks
2.1 Select and use fuel and lubricants
2.2 Check and adjust fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid and water levels
2.3 Inspect, secure/tighten and maintain bolts, nuts, guards and attachment couplings
2.4 Check and adjust function of controls and gauges
2.5 Conduct standard start-up and shutdown procedures

3. Use small plant and equipment
3.1 Identify site hazards associated with small plant and equipment operations and establish appropriate controls
3.2 Identify and apply operating techniques for small plant and equipment to achieve optimum output while maintaining specified tolerances
3.3 Operate machine to produce results within specified tolerances
3.4 Store plant and equipment safely when not in immediate use
4. Carry out operator maintenance
4.1 Prepare machine for maintenance
4.2 Conduct inspection and fault finding
4.3 Carry out scheduled maintenance tasks
4.4 Process written maintenance records
5. Conduct housekeeping activities
5.1 Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials
5.2 Clean and maintain condition of equipment, ensure suitability for use, and address/report issues
5.3 Process records

exerpt from – https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RIISAM204D