Hire equipment service technician (HEST) - road-tow equipment


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections and conduct service and routine repairs on Road Tow Equipment.

Title 

Hire equipment service technician (HEST) - Road Tow Equipment 

Duration 

Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours  

Purpose/scope 

The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections and conduct service and routine repairs on Road Tow Equipment 

Scope:  

Nomenclature names of different types & components of Road Tow Equipment - trailers (single/twin axle); generators; compressors; bowsers (water/fuel); mobile access; lighting; chippers; heaters, mixers. 

Inspection - Following clean-down, be able to identify components to be inspected according to manufacturer schedules; carry out visual inspections, recording using correct terminology, items which may require attention such as broken lights, condition of tyres, leaks, damaged cables/pipe,gauges and controls, condition of tow hook & jockey wheel, visible accident damage to trailer/ casings, guard rails/trailer lighting board etc. 

Pre-use Checks - Understand risk assessments and dangers (i.e. electric shock, explosion/fire) associated with each power source ; identify correct PPE for task and create a safe working area / zone off operating area to conducbasic checks following manufacturer and employer checklists before equipment is operated - to have knowledge and practical exposure to: 

diesel powered generators (including electrical system - alternator, voltage regulator, battery charger and control panel/instruments), compressors - high pressure air systems; mixers; lighting towers and access equipment  

Equipment operational checks - select the correct PPE, employ safe lifting techniques and follow manufacturer safe start up and operation procedures to check full functionality of all power sources (diesel, battery); switches and gauges/warning systems; levelling systems (manual and hydraulic); power generation, air pressure generation, boom/mast elevating systems  

Basic servicing - knowledge training will cover all aspects of internal combustion engine (lubrication, cooling and filters); battery maintenance; hydraulic and compressed air, trailer braking systems. 

The technician will be able to conduct safe oil change procedures, levels checking and top-ups and dispose of oils, rags and used filters according to employer environmental waste disposal procedures.      

Fault diagnosis - will have sufficient knowledge to successfully diagnose common faults and be able to fault find on actual machinery including fuel; ignition and power generation faults; using electrical testing equipment; 

Repairs - will have sufficient knowledge to review risk assessments and describe hazards and controls to be used for conducting repairs; what components can be repaired or replaced without return to manufacturer’s agent and know how to and carry out basic repairs across a range of Road Tow Equipment 

Record keeping - know what records need to be completed, how and when and then complete records for practical repair work carried out above.  

Legislation - Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act - companies have broad responsibilities for the safety of the products they hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information. 

Occupational relevance 

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s): 

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision. 

Candidate pre-requisites 

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, some plant mechanic experience and a basic knowledge of terminology and techniques would be beneficial. 

Instruction/ supervision 

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have: 

  • a qualified trainer 
  • be a qualified plant mechanic (VQ level 2) 
  • a verifiable CV. 

Delivery 

Delivery will be in an off the job environment. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.  

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.                    

Assessment 

Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:  

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes 

Quality assurance 

 

Renewal 

Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years 

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

Either on request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome  

 

Inspection  

Clean down equipment 

Examine equipment for damage; faults and leaks plus use manufacturer schedules 

Record findings using correct terminology 

Pre-use Checks 

Understand and use manufacturer guidelines and employer standards 

Understand risk assessments 

Equipment operational checks 

Understand the importance of correct PPE and safe work zones 

Follow manufacturer safe start up and operation procedures to check full functionality of all controls; switches; gauges; warning systems and equipment operation 

Basic servicing 

Carry out servicing to Manufacturer schedules; check lists and technical specifications - across range of Road Tow Equipment 

Dispose of waste materials according to employer environmental waste disposal procedures 

Fault diagnosis 

Successfully diagnose common faults and be able to fault find on actual machinery including fuel; ignition faults; electrical and generating systems issues 

Repairs 

Describe hazards and controls to be used for conducting repairs; What components can be repaired or replaced without return to manufacturer’s agent  

Carry out basic repairs across a range of Road Tow Equipment 

Record keeping  

Know what records need to be completed, how and when. 

Complete records for practical repair work carried out above 

Legislation  

Describe employer’s duty under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act  

Additional information about this standard

Useful guidance on starting/stopping/use of Generators and Lighting equipment is available in HAE Safety Guidance notes: 

1922   Twin axle trailer 

1923   Single axle trailer 

1924   Box/van trailer  

2204   Niftylift 120 - series CE models 

1905   Road compressor - towable 

1014   Generator - Diesel 

1015   Generators - small 230v systems  

1021   Lighting - festoon & flood - 110/230v 

1023   Lighting towers - Petrol  

1024   Lighting towers - Diesel.