Bitumen Bulk and Tanker Operator

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The operation of bulk bitumen handling and transport equipment (tankers, storage and blending plants) demands a basic knowledge of the properties of bitumen and associated products and adherence to strict safety procedures.

Production is improved if operators have the appropriate advanced knowledge and skill to accurately and safely use plant and equipment.

Quality is maintained by bitumen product knowledge, adherence to handling procedures, accurate blend and calculation and careful record keeping.


Attendance at the Bitumen - Basic Safety course within the last 5 years is a pre-requisite for this course.

This course follows on from the Bitumen - Basic Safety course and a pre-requisite for the Bitumen Sprayer Operator course.


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1 day course.

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Barry Gundersen

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$595 per person + GST
$895 per person + GST to attend two consecutive days
(ie: Bitumen Bulk and Tanker Operator followed by the Bitumen Sprayer Operator course)

(Minimum numbers apply before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include

  • Bitumen, additives, polymers, emulsions
  • Safe operation aspects of fixed plant
  • CCNZ Best Practice Guidelines BPG01 requirements
  • Loading, blending, heating and transferring
  • Transfer hose safety and complieance
  • Plant maintenance
  • Storage and transportation
  • Dangerous goods classification and labelling
  • Measurement and control
  • Safe tanker operation
  • Sampling and documentation
  • Calculation of blends
  • Record keeping
  • Plant maintenance safety
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On completion of this course participants will

  • Understand the nature of bitumen products and safe operating procedures
  • Understand plant for handling and transporting bitumen safely
  • Understand ancillary plant functions, capacities and capabilities
  • Identify plant safety and on-road responsibilities when using bitumen
  • Understand blend calculations, measurements and documentation
  • Safely undertake bitumen sampling
  • Understand risks associated with plant maintenance
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Who should attend

Persons who have completed their training for bitumen safety awareness and who wish to acquire specialist knowledge for operating road tankers and bitumen plants. Also, experienced operators who wish to update their knowledge and/or qualifications, will find this course appropriate.

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Presenter information

Barry Gundersen has over 38 years engineering and management experience in the road surfacing industry on both sides of the Tasman. He was National Technical Manager for Bitumix (NZ) for 15 years before setting up his own consultancy in 1995, specialising in road surfacings. Barry has been a visiting lecturer at Auckland University for 12 years and also runs training courses for the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association.

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Pre-requisite for attendance

Participants must have completed the Bitumen - Basic Safety course (within the last five years) prior to attending this course.

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