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Learn To Work A Loader

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

One of the things you’ll learn in a good heavy equipment school are the different types of loaders you’ll find on the job. And you’ll learn how to operate them too.

You’ll learn the difference between a bucket loader and a payloader, for instance. Important questions like “Why do some loaders have wheels and others have tracks” will be answered. Plus, you’ll learn why some loaders have scoops and some have shovels. And you’ll learn how to use these tools in a safe, effective manner on the work site.

Front end loaders, skid loaders, swing loaders … the list goes on. Why do we have them and what do they do?

When you enroll in the ATS Heavy Equipment School, you’ll learn the answers to all of these questions and more. More importantly, when you graduate, you’ll be well qualified to operate any type of loader on the job site, and you’ll be employable in your state, ready for hire. ATS will even help you get your first job.

One of the things that students say they like about our training is that they get plenty of practical field training. We don’t just sit you in a classroom and lecture you.

Don’t get me wrong. You’ll get your classroom lectures too, but that’s not where you learn to operate heavy machinery. You learn by doing, in the ATS Heavy Equipment School you’ll get plenty of opportunities to ‘do’. That includes all types of loaders.

Loaders – Why They Have So Many Different Names

Friday, April 30th, 2010

When looking for work as a loader operator you will be surprised at how many different terms are used for these machines. Some terms are regional specific, most are manufacturing specific, yet there is a certain amount of logic behind each name. Some of the names you may come across include:

  • Wheel Loader – as the name suggests, this equipment is driven on wheels rather than tracks like a bulldozer. This is one of the more generic terms used for loaders.
  • Front-End Loader – this is another generic term for a loader.
  • Skip Loader – these are smaller vehicles, often smaller than a standard car. The arms that control the shovel come forward from behind rather than from the front.
  • Skid Steer Loaders – these vehicles are also much smaller. They are generally driven on tracks rather than wheels and get their name from the steering method. Each track is driven independently so stopping or slowing one will cause the vehicle to skid in a certain direction.
  • Backhoe Loader – this is a combination of front loader and rear excavator tool. For many businesses, these are popular since you get two tools for the price of one.
  • Shovel – an old term that is not used very often. This term describes the bucket or scoop used to move material.

There are many other terms used to describe loaders. What they have in common is a bucket, shovel or scoop in the front that is used to move items, generally dirt, from one point to another. Most have sufficient reach to enable the loading of dump trucks. What they also have in common is the need for basic training on heavy equipment. Basic heavy equipment training programs provide the skills required to operate a loader. These training programs also provide knowledge on factors such as safety and maintenance, essential in today’s job market.

It doesn’t matter what name you give them. Loaders all over do similar tasks, just on a different scale. If life as a busy loader operator appeals to you – contact us for more information on training programs and training schools closest to you.

Wheel Loaders Can Move Mountains

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Think of a wheel loader and you probably think of the loaders you see running around a construction site loading rubble onto dump trucks. They do a great job too but did you know they were the teens of the family? The bobcat is probably the baby of the family and just like a baby that has learned to crawl, they zip all around the place – always under your feet.

If the bobcat is the baby of the family, you should see the grandpappy of the family. Compact loaders weigh in at around 10,000 pounds and draw around 50 horse power. The grandpappy’s weigh as much as 430,000 pounds and draw as much as 1500 horse power. That is one big machine – do the maths. That’s 43 times larger and 30 times more powerful.

Wheel loaders of that size of course are used in specialist roles such as mining and, yes, helping to move mountains – large hills anyway. One scoop load would fill a standard dump truck with plenty to spill over. Imagine the size of the wheels!

While these machines are giants in their class, the skills needed to operate them are not much greater than those required to operate a standard loader. Experience is the key to operating a machine of this size and that experience starts with a wheel loader training program that prepares you for the workplace.

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Schools may not get you into the cab of one of these monsters straight away. They will, however, provide the training that can get you into the cab of a standard wheel loader where you can start to build the experience required. Discover more about our wheel loader training programs and the opportunities that await.

Dozers May Provide The Grunt But Loaders Shoulder The Load

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Bulldozers are often considered the work horses on a construction site but it is the loader that has to transfer the looser material to trucks. Front-end loader with either wheels or tracks with the former type articulated for better handling. Loader don’t just load despite their name, they can dig and as well load material.

wheel loader trainingFront end loaders are can be found in a range of bucket sizes and operational weights. Don’t consider them as small machinery, many are quite large and very powerful and can be found on construction sites, road works, plant loading, shipping and mine face excavation.

Getting started as a frond end loader is not that difficult. The number one requirement these days is quality training followed closely by experience. However, you will never get the experience without having first completed the training.

Loader have a variety of different types of buckets, the common two being the scoop, a wide square bucket that tilts to capture the dirt or to dig out an area; and the clam shell type of bucket that opens to grab whatever you are working on in its jaws.

Related loaders include the bobcat, skid steer loader and the backhoe, a combination of a loader and an excavator. The skills required to operate a backhoe are simply those of a loader and those of an excavator. Basic training is often undertaken on wheel loader as this provides most of the skills required to operate all variations. Wheel loader training itself is generally a component of a larger heavy equipment training program. If your looking for a career as a loader operator, check ATS for the latest course information and start dates for wheel loader training.

What Is An Articulated Wheel Loader?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Wheel loaders are common on construction sites but they can suffer from one problem, the larger vehicles can be cumbersome and difficult to maneuver in tight situations. This led to the introduction of what we call an articulated wheel loader.

articulated wheel loader trainingAn articulated vehicle is simply a vehicle that has been ‘broken’ into two separate pieces. The vehicle is then rejoined using a system similar to attaching a boat trailer to a car – only on a much larger scale and a little more involved. Like a boat trailer, an articulated vehicle swivels on a central point with each half able to move back on themselves.

This is the principle of articulation. You see it more frequently with large truck and trailer combinations. The benefit of articulation is that it can maneuver in much smaller areas than traditional wheel loaders. Where articulated wheel loaders are different to other forms of articulation is that steering is handled through the rear wheels rather than the front wheel. This leaves the front of the vehicle free to do what it does best, scoop material up and transport it where it needs to go.

We are entering an interesting time when it comes to the demand for heavy equipment operators. With so much construction happening around the country the demand for operators is on the increase. This includes loader operators, particularly wheel loader operators.

Wheel loader training is undertaken as part of a broader heavy equipment training program. This provides skills in a range of heavy equipment including wheel loaders. Once training has been completed, operators can choose to specialize as wheel loader operators if they choose. The demand for operators is there, we just need fill those vacancies with suitably qualified operators.

Wheel Loaders Are Real Loaders

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

A wheel loader is nothing more than a front end loader with wheels rather than tracks. As with all front end loaders, wheel loader can dig and as well load material.

Wheel loaders are classified according to their bucket sizes and operational weights. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are all small. Many are quite large and very powerful.

The Wheel loaders are often engaged in construction works, ranging from road work, plant loading, shipping and mine face excavation.

The requirements to operate a wheel loader are no different to those required to operate a front end loader. Experience is always a plus, however, you have to get a start somewhere which means first acquiring the training that will give you the skills.

ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools can provide the appropriate to get you started as wheel loader operator. Our training is accredited an recognized by hundreds of employers as providing highly skilled operators ready to start work.

* Associated Training Services fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and will prepare candidates for the CCO certification examinations.

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