Machine Control For Operators (1/2 day)

Setting Out For Construction is an Approved Training Organisation

  • CITB Assured
  • Eligible for Flexible Workforce Development fund, GRANT BACK fund, CITB Skills and Training fund and/or levy grants.
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About This Course

This course teaches the principles of using machine control technology for small and large scale earthworks projects. This is an interactive course which utilises desktop simulators and survey software to enable delegates to complete the learning outcomes. The course is aimed at machine operators of all experience levels.
This course for people who are confident using the total station and/or GNSS and would like to broaden their skill set to include machine control responsibilities. The course is aimed at people who have experience in setting up control points using total station or GNSS and who are familiar with survey software for converting file types and editing data.

The course is for:
  • Trainee machine operators
  • Machine operators
  • Site Supervisors

 Choose from;

  • Leica MC1
  • Trimble Earthworks
  • Topcon 3DMC

Course Content

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Machine Control

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Use machine control for effective project implementation
  • Work to surfaces and linework provided by others
  • Understand and create offsets from design linework – horizontal, vertical and perpendicular
  • Set avoidance zones
  • Add/edit machine and bucket dimensions into the machine calibration file
  • Check and set units
  • Turn layers and surfaces on and off
  • Select the active surface
  • Select a line and create a “steer to” reference.
  • Set the required intervals for automatic as-built survey points
  • Select the reference point on the bucket
  • Select different views on the display unit
  • Use the visual guidance indicators on the display unit
  • Measure and record as-built information
  • Take measurements using the blade or bucket
  • Effectively communicate the critical information to the Engineer
  • Explain the difference between manual/ indicate/automatic/intelligent
  • List the capabilities and limitations of machine control
  • Describe the health and safety risks and benefits of machine control
  • Edit display colour
    Carry out position checks and set as required by engineer
  • Name the file types compatible with machine control equipment
  • Carry out fault finding checks.


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