Do you Need a Licence to Operate a Dump Truck?

Typically the most widely used piece of equipment in the mining industry, a dump truck with a skilled and reliable operator is worth gold on a job site.

While a portion of dump truck training is undertaken on the job, you will be required to hold a valid dump truck ticket. The RIIMPO338E - Conduct Rigid Haul Truck Operations ticket is nationally recognised and allows you to work as a dump truck operator across the country on rigid vehicles. If you want to operate an articulated dump truck, you will be required to complete a RIIMPO337E – Conduct Articulated Dump Truck Operations.

It should be noted that if you will be driving a dump truck on public roads, you will need to obtain a Heavy Rigid (HR) licence from your local roads and traffic government body.


What does a dump truck operator do?

Dump truck operators are required to work in various conditions on construction, mining, industrial and agricultural projects. As such, operators need to be confident in handling the requisite equipment and materials. While essentially responsible for transporting materials from one location to another, there are other tasks involved in being a dump truck operator:

  • Driving the truck to the work site
  • Operating the mechanisms to tilt the truck body and dump the contents
  • Conducting essential inspections (eg. tyres, brakes, fuel, oil etc.)
  • Conducting and documenting shift inspections both before and after
  • Maintaining a clean rig and ensuring it is in good working order
  • Ensuring material loading is conducted properly and securely
  • Assessing any shipping documentation to ensure information is accurate
  • Maintaining an accurate driver log

How can I get a Moxy dump truck ticket?

The term “Moxy” has become the colloquial reference to an articulated dump truck. Moxy dump trucks are named after Moxy Engineering, a popular articulated dump truck manufacturer. Popular in the mining and civil industries, a Moxy uses a hinge between the cab and dump box. These dump trucks are typically used in more adverse conditions such as restricted turning areas and narrow roads.

You can obtain a Moxy ticket through an accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

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How do I find dump truck courses and operator training in Australia?

In the mining sector, it is estimated that for every excavator on site, there are up to 50 dump trucks being used each shift. Since dump trucks are widely used and relatively straightforward to operate with their automatic transmission and single lever to activate the tip motion at the back, dump truck operator courses are widely accessible at RTOs across Australia. The courses are usually conducted over a period between 2 and 5 days.

However, it should be noted that completing dump truck operator training is often viewed as the easy way to secure a well-paid mining job and it can be a competitive market. If you wish to further bolster your chances of securing employment in the mining industry, you might want to consider completing a Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (or similar) through a TAFE or RTO. Interestingly, the dump truck training course is usually a unit within a nationally recognised qualification.


How much does a dump truck ticket cost?

The cost of obtaining a dump truck ticket will vary depending on the training provider you enrol with. Indicatively, courses range from $1,400 to $2,500. A typical dump truck training course would include the following elements:

  • Pre-operation check of the machine
  • Knowledge of the interior and various functions
  • Radio communications
  • Driving the machine empty and loaded
  • Driving on site with other machinery in proximity
  • Emergency braking
  • Controlling the truck in slippery conditions
  • Reversing up to an excavator to receive a load
  • Correct dumping techniques

Many courses will supply you with your own dump truck and trainer. The practical training elements will be conducted on an active project site where you will contribute to the pick-up and removal of site materials.

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