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Operate a face shovel


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 262746)

Face shovels are characterized by a boom and bucket arm that extends and swings upwards from the front. It can be used to excavate any kind of soil, including rock that has been loosened by blasting. They are most suited to trench, foundation and basement excavations.

It is assumed that people starting to learn towards this unit standard have already undergone company induction, have an appropriate licence to operate in the work area, and are familiar with Statutory requirements.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of the functions of a face shovel.
  • Planning for work activities and prepare work area.
  • Starting and shutting down face shovel.
  • Operating face shovel.
  • Transporting face shovel to and from site.


  • 5 Days Novice
  • 1 Day Re-certification



Quality Assured Partner: Construction Education And Training Authority



The qualifying learner will be able to operate a face shovel by understanding the functions of starting, shutting down and operating procedures for the machine. Learners who master the applied competence described in this course will contribute to the development of a professional community of Construction Plant operators. The area of focus of this course will be;


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