Excavator Training Courses


DTS-Scotland Ltd. are operating at the forefront of Heavy Plant training and testing, we are able to structure all of our services to suit the need of the clients to ensure cost effective training up to and exceeding industry standards.


Our courses aim to teach the relevant job safety knowledge and practical skills necessary for the safe and efficient operation of wheeled and tracked excavators (180° and 360°) including mini excavators. The courses aim to provide all candidates with a thorough understanding of the operational, and safety requirements together with the necessary operational skills applicable to operate the plant.


The courses are applicable to novices or experienced operators requiring scheme refresher or re-assessments.


Introduction to the plant

Basic construction, names of components, purpose and use of controls and gauges

Use of manufactures handbook and other information sources, controls and instruments, including current legislation and Approved Codes of Practice

Pre-use checks, start, machine running checks and close down procedures

Preparing the excavator for site and road travel (public highways)

Travelling the excavator over different terrain, including rough, undulating ground, using different wheel drive and steer combinations

Travelling up and down substantial inclines

Manoeuvring, progressing to confined spaces in a forward and reverse direction

Position and Set up the machine to excavate

Excavating below ground to line and level (use of traveller)

Carry out minor adjustments and routine service procedures

Soil and material characteristics

Loading vehicles and hoppers with front shovel and backhoe

Functions of the bucket

Backfilling, grading, spreading and levelling different types of materials

Changing attachments

Placing the excavator in an out of service condition

Loading and unloading procedures on and off a transporter


Award of Accreditation



List of Courses.


Mini Digger

180 under 5 tonnes

180 over 5 tonnes

360 under 10 tonnes

360 over 10 tonnes

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