Excavation Training

With the global economy in a bit of a shambles, jobs are increasingly hard to find, no matter if it's the result of a lack of openings in the applicant's area or just a lack of demand for certain types of work. Don't despair! In spite of the current job (and fiduciary) climate, excavation jobs, while not littering the ground like leaves, are usually pretty easy to find. One might be curious as to how that can be, but it's really rather simple. Excavation work is readily available because there will always be something in need of building, and yes, in need of being destroyed. Excavation jobs, then, are among the most secure work a person can get into. However, they are like most jobs in one respect: They require training. Again, luck is on the side of the job-hunter, because excavation training is very easy to come by. Excavation training can either be OJT (On-the-Job Training), or online. However, if you are hunting for work in excavation, you shouldn't confuse readily available training with EASY training.

Let's get one thing out of the way right at the start: Excavation training is HARD. While you might think that it doesn't take much training to dig a hole, you couldn't be farther off the mark. For instance, many online courses cover soil type and composition, gradients and slope, methods of egress (that's "Escape Routes 101", in case you're a bit fuzzy on your definitions), and many other topics. The fact of the matter is this: Excavation is among the most dangerous of jobs, and the current course of excavation training is meant to reflect that. Let's take a look at a partial sample curriculum, so you can see some of the stuff you'll need to learn, should you wish to work in excavation.

Excavation 101 aka The Basics of Playing Around in the Dirt

  • The basics of excavation
  • Fatalities as a result of working in excavation
  • The anatomy of a cave-in

General Knowledge

  • Planning the job
  • Evaluating the job
  • Inspections of the job site, workers, etc.
  • Employee safety
  • Soil type & classification
  • Soil weight - it's heavier than you think!
  • Determining gradient, slope, etc.

Safety Stuff

  • Entrance & escape routes
  • Exposure to vehicle traffic, falling loads, etc.
  • Warning systems & accidents
  • Rescue procedures

This is just a tiny part of what you'll be expected to learn during your excavation training. Happily, it's much like a college class, so you'll have plenty of tests and things to make sure you know what's going on, and that you're observing the information being taught to you. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, a quick Google search for "excavation training" is the surest route to success. Good luck!

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