1/2 Day Leica MC1, Machine Control For Plant Operators


This course is aimed machine operators who are required to work with machine control technology. Delegates will use a Tensar simulator to learn the essential basic information required for switching between different displays, working with layers, taking measurements using the bucket or blade and carrying out fault-finding checks. The training is suitable for trainee or experienced machine operators.


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 a Tensar Simulator to enable delegates to complete the learning outcomes. The course is aimed at machine operators of all experience levels.

Learning Objectives

Course content

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.