Motor Grader Levels of Training

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New Operator

New Operator training is formatted to provide a solid foundation new operators need for the operations of motor graders. Training encompasses working around motor graders in a safe and responsible manner, basic terminology, motor grader components, pre-operational checks, control familiarization, roadway profile, roadway elements. Trainee learns motor grader techniques and machine settings that focus on road top maintenance practices.

Level 1

Level 1 training builds on the new operator training and is a great refresher for experience operators. Topics include safety associated with heavy equipment, preventive maintenance checks, roadway cross-section, and aspects of drainage. Training takes a more comprehensive look at operations and is very detailed and technical on proper machine settings and placement. Personnel should have a working knowledge of the motor grader’s instruments, controls, and attachments.

Level  2

Level 2 is a progression step in the development to enhance the skills of the motor grader operator. Level 2 provides a unique look to strengthen and fortify  road profiling and maintenance techniques while advancing the skills and introducing new techniques associated with preventive maintenance of roads to include material reclamation, pulling shoulders, establishing slopes and the hinge point. Aggressive approaches to operations are added that add valuable cost savings to clients. This level also takes a look at introduction of other equipment (rollers).

Level 3 

Level 3 is an aggressive module in the development of the motor grader operator. Trainees must complete Level 1, Level 2, and super elevations, hills, and intersection module to participate in Level 3 training. Level 3 focuses on safety associated with motor grader operations and techniques involved in road building from start to finish. Training will light a fire under trainees to learn techniques to aggressively use the motor grader to move material, establish ditches, to include sloping techniques and rebuild a road. Training also incorporates the uses of additional attachments and equipment (sheepsfoot roller). Trainees should know all parts of the motor grader and operating procedures. 

Special Modules

Super Elevations, Hills, and Intersections 

Super elevations, hills, and intersections present their own set of challenges, in this training we will take a look at common issues associated with super elevations, hills, and intersections, how to properly profile, machine settings, countermeasures, common operating procedures, (how we can create maintenance issues) and how to deal with these issues. Training is formatted as a separate training or to be used in conjunction with level 1 or Level 2 training. 

Snow Removal 

Operating a motor grader for snow plow operations can be challenging, frustrating, and a difficult task. Snow and ice can create treacherous conditions along with high winds that can obstruct the operators view. Snow plowing procedures require tremendous skill and courage to perform. In this module trainees enrich creativity and learn unique capabilities of the motor grader and how they can be utilized for snow removal operations.