Tractor Loader Backhoe

Learn about this versatile piece of equipment.

The Backhoe is a versatile piece of equipment – equipped with two attachment points that allow for several different configurations.  For example, swap the front bucket out for a set of forks and you have the equivalent of a rough terrain forklift.  Or, a power jack hammer attached to the back boom enables the operator to break up concrete or large rock.

With the extensive possibilities this equipment offers, an in-depth training program is vital to provide the operator with not only the skills necessary to operate the Tractor Loader Backhoe with its two standard buckets, but to enable a complete understanding of all aspects.   Complete knowledge of all safety and maintenance aspects as they relate to overall operation will facilitate maximum efficiency, safety and productivity in all operations, regardless of configuration.

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Who Is This For?

This course is for any person responsible for operating a tractor loader backhoe.

Documentation Provided

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

You’ll Learn…

Classroom Topics of Discussion

  • Equipment Design & Function
  • Electrical/Hydraulic System
  • Pre-Start Inspections
  • Equipment Warning Devices
  • Weather Considerations
  • Safety Considerations
  • Controls Review
  • Trenching and Filling Techniques
  • Bucket and Backhoe Operation
  • Power-Train
  • Effects of Soil Types & Terrain
  • Night Operations
  • Stability and Centre of Gravity
  • Work Area Clean-Up

Practical, Hands-on Activities

  • Pre-Start Inspection
  • Trenching Fundamentals
  • Stock Piling
  • Spoil Placement
  • Controls Review
  • Post Operation Procedures
  • Clearance Training
  • Backhoe and Bucket Operation
  • Excavation Techniques
  • Bank Development
  • Loading Trucks

Hear From Past Attendees

“Fantastic course! Instructor did an excellent job of conveying the fundamentals (and more) of backhoe operation. Very knowledgeable and friendly and isn’t afraid to put one on the machine and learn things themselves. Provided excellent feedback and ensured the course was enjoyable.”

Aaron Fleming, City of St. Albert

“Knowledgeable instructor; challenged me with lots of questions and scenarios. I learned many techniques related to the operation of the backhoe and tandem truck. Friendly and easy-going instructor.”

Francis Petras, City of St. Albert

“I learned an unreal amount of knowledge within 3 days… I now feel confident to become a great backhoe operator with time, thanks to this course!”

Dustin Twigg, City of Fernie

“This course is a must for all operators, no matter the skill set, to better themselves. The instructor was able to answer all my questions and provide knowledgeable feedback in response.”

Dave Fehr, Catholic Cemeteries

“Good course to refresh skills. Also by working outside the comfort zone, builds confidence in using a backhoe. Course was well balanced with a good pace.”

Andrew Bernard

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