Simulators Reduce Liability During Operator Training

Simulators can help reduce some of the expense and risk that comes with training heavy equipment operators. For example, one college program is using a Vortex Simulator in order to help train the skilled workforce.

Del Mar College’s Division of Workforce and Economic Development is working with CM Labs Simulations to implement a Vortex Advantage simulator in its heavy equipment operator training.

The college’s workforce division develops customized training programs for companies near Corpus Christi, Texas, and recently decided that a simulator would have a greater impact on both the region’s workforce and students by taking the hardest tasks and having them practice in an environment without a dangerous situation.

Benefits of Using a Simulator for Heavy Equipment Training 

The simulator also has other benefits, including reducing the risk and liability of using a live machine for training as well as eliminating maintenance, upkeep, fuel and inspection costs.

This particular simulator has five screens and is a mobile unit, which means it can easily be transported to the jobsite on a gooseneck trailer.

It was initially being used to train carry-deck crane operators, with the plan to expand its program to other heavy equipment training modules in the future. Soon after, the school was able to buy the excavator and wheel loader software, and plans to add the backhoe, forklift and tower crane training packs in the future.

The college is training both the region’s workforce and its own credited degree programs with the simulator. 

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