Truck Mounted Attenuator
Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) drivers have a very important role for ensuring the protection of all crew members and other workers on site. They provide protection from wayward vehicles or inattentive drivers in or around a work zone. This course allows participants to operate a truck or trailer mounted attenuator when carrying out traffic management activities in the construction industry.
A Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) is a vehicle specifically designed or modified, to absorb the impact of a wayward vehicle in a work site. They are used as a “cover” vehicle to protect road workers while they are carrying out various maintenance/work activities. All employees who drive a TMA must, as a Duty of Care, receive suitable and adequate training to allow the operator to safely conduct their duties on site. This training provides the skills and knowledge required to operate a truck or trailer mounted attenuator when carrying out traffic management activities.
Units of competency
- RIIRTM302E Operate a Truck or Trailer Mounted Attenuator (TMA)
This course is delivered by face-to-face classroom delivery. On this day you will be provided with all resources and learning materials needed to complete this course. You will practice your skills in a simulated workplace environment before undertaking any theory or practical assessments.
There are three phases in the assessment process for this unit of competency:
- Theory Assessment – Completed after the face-to-face classroom training. This will be an online Assessment.
- Practical Assessment – To be undertaken in a simulated workplace environment whilst preparing to operate a TMA, operating a TMA and completing a TMA Shift. This is completed on the day of training.
- Employer Evidence – Will be required from your employer with regards to your practical experience. This is a signed testimonial from your Supervisor/Team Leader/Manager indicating that you have completed the practical skills required to operate a TMA satisfactorily together with workplace evidence (i.e. Risk Assessment, JSA, TMP for a live worksite that you have attended). This employer evidence may be collected from work undertaken either before or after the specific training date.
- USI – Unique Student Identifier. If you do not have a USI or can’t remember it please go to www.usi.gov.au
- Adequate literacy & numeracy skills
Training and assessment requirements:
- PPE must be worn (boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat/cap, sun glasses)
- Students will need a basic understanding of written and oral English and be able to communicate orally and in writing at a basic level.
- Minimum of 6 months working in traffic management
- Heavy Vehicle Licence (MR, HC, HR, MC)
- A Traffic Management Implementer Card
What to expect
Training will include:
- classroom activities
- theory questionnaires and group activities
- simulated workplace scenarios
On completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Plan and prepare to operate the attenuator
- Conduct truck and attenuator pre-operational checks
- Operate communication devices
- Operate truck or trailer mounted attenuator
- Position traffic controls and truck or trailer mounted attenuator
- Carry out operator maintenance
- Undertake appropriate clean up
There are no licencing or regulatory requirements for this course.
Pathways to further training:
You may consider any of the following courses to further your education and employment options:
- Certificate IV WHS
- Certificate III Civil Construction