Training Available


While operating similar in many ways to a tracked excavator, the Gradall course is specific to the highly mobile version often used for ditching/ditch maintenance.   Built on a truck chassis, this well known vehicle can be driven from the rear operators compartment, allowing the operator to maneuver along a roadside while performing the ditch work.  This configuration allows for on road driving, which brings with it some unique considerations.

Regardless of this equipment’s assigned job, it is vital that all operators receive both practical and theoretical instruction on the machine; training is proven to increase operator production while minimizing down time due to excessive mechanical wear, even with experienced operators.

Who Should Attend

Any person responsible for operating a gradall.

Classroom (only)  Topics of Discussion

Approx. 7 hours.

  • Equipment design & function
  • Electrical/hydraulic system
  • Pre-start inspections
  • Airbrakes (if applicable)
  • Equipment warning devices
  • Safety considerations
  • Controls review
  • Power-train
  • Effects of soil types & terrain
  • Work area clean-up
  • Stability and center of gravity
  • Ditching Techniques
    • Drainage
    • Berms
    • Erosion
    • Overgrown vegetation
    • Culverts

Practical, Hands-on Activities

  • Pre-Start Inspection
  • Ditching Techniques
  • Spoil Placement
  • Controls Review
  • Post Operation Procedures
  • Clearance Training
  • Bucket Operation
  • Bank Development
  • Loading Trucks

Documentation Provided

Student Book, Test, Operator Training Summary, Certificate of Completion