Course Duration

Three (3) days or 32 hours approximately. Typically, this class is conducted outside even when raining or colder weather. If inclement weather is a problem, we could potentially train inside the dome.

Target Audience

This class is available to Knife River employees & Knife River Strategic partners.
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Ideally experienced Articulated Truck Operators with minimum of six months experience.

Course Overview

The course is designed to take existing experienced operators to a whole new level of productivity, safety and efficiency while reducing machine maintenance and fuel costs.

Operators are measured before training against objective performance/operation standards and then measured again after training. This provides owners/supervisors with data to generalize how much improvement their operator(s) made during the course.

Course consists of both classroom and in-the-seat training operating machines. This course is much more than a PowerPoint lecture.

Course Objectives

  • Machine specific safety, including jobsite/mine, and personal safety
  • Walk-Around Inspection
  • Machine Warning Levels and ISOs
  • In-Cab Buttons/Switches & Features
  • Pre-Operations Procedures
  • Regeneration/DEF/Emissions
  • Operation Procedures – this can vary depending upon the class’s unique needs
    • Correct use of Retarders & Brakes
    • Proper Dumping Techniques – reducing tip-overs/damage
    • Operating under Worse Underfoot conditions
    • Operating on Steep Grades
    • Manufacturer’s recommended Service/Park Brake Checks
    • Improve cycle times to increase productivity
    • Better Communication and Teamwork with Loader/Excavator Operators
    • Practices to keep haul roads better maintained