Originally posted September 10, 2020 by Karen Scally at www.gearflow.com/blog Table of Contents Terri Olson is fed up with the state of equipment operator training. For years, the co-owner of OE Construction, a site development contractor in Golden, Colorado, has heard the complaints throughout the industry about the lack of heavy equipment operators and how the tried and true tactics for recruiting them no longer work. And she doesn’t want to listen to any more excuses. “Most people say, ‘Look, Terri, we’ve always done it this way,’” Olson says. “And I’m really tired of that.” So Olson is on a mission to change [...]
Why train equipment operators with Next Gen equipment simulators? Experienced operators can improve skills ahead of a new job/work environment or before operating unfamiliar equipment. Simulators can provide real world simulations based on the operator experience, type of work and specific equipment. SCHEDULE A FREE SIMULATOR DEMO WWW.NEXTGENEQUIPTRAIN.COM www.cm-labs.com/blog/how-to-use-simulation-more-effective-crew-training/
CM Labs Smart Training Technology: Real-World Operator Experience for Next Gen Equipment Training - Case Study Situation Terri Olson, a civil construction business owner, launched Next Gen Equipment Training with the goal of building the premier training resource for heavy equipment operators. Reaching these objectives would hinge on providing the most effective solution for a variety of training goals, experience levels, equipment, and applications. Why CM Labs Extensive research, along with recommendations from the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA), led to CM Labs and the industry’s most detailed, realistic, and versatile training simulators. The Smart Training Technology behind CM Labs’ simulators closely [...]
Why train equipment operators with Next Gen equipment simulators? Measure operator performance against machine benchmarks and criteria, during and after training exercises. Instead of someone else providing instruction in the field or yard with no guarantee of consistent training with the operator, the simulator will provide scenarios based on your type of work, operator experience and training objectives. SCHEDULE A FREE SIMULATOR DEMO WWW.NEXTGENEQUIPTRAIN.COM www.nextgenequiptrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ACE-Report.pdf
Why Simulation Trains Learners Faster than Traditional Methods Why do pilots and physicians train with simulations? Because they can learn better and faster. Pilots were some of the first to use simulators—including the military. Pilots can train in the safety of a virtual environment and never put passengers at risk while learning how to use instruments and navigate the sky. Now doctors and nurses train with simulation—from how to use devices and surgical equipment, to practicing on patient mannequins. Problem solving. During simulation, learners must think through the material presented, follow instructions and make decisions that will lead to a positive [...]
Why train equipment operators with Next Gen equipment simulators? Prepare the operator for the unexpected: Operators can practice challenging real-world operations, in complete safety. Don’t risk your equipment, employees or job site damage trying to train operators in the field. Start with a solid foundation in a safe, productive and cost effective setting. SCHEDULE A FREE SIMULATOR DEMO WWW.NEXTGENEQUIPTRAIN.COM www.cm-labs.com/blog/does-simulation-based-training-improve-operator-safety/
Why train equipment operators with Next Gen equipment simulators? No need to tie up production equipment: Equipment simulators are an always-available, always-on resource, no matter the weather or field conditions. SCHEDULE A FREE SIMULATOR DEMO WWW.NEXTGENEQUIPTRAIN.COM www.cm-labs.com/blog/pros-cons-best-practices-on-the-job-training/
Simulation training is highly successful when it comes to engaging learners and teaching how to perform tasks, techniques, or processes. The ability to train multiple people in the same way, expose them to real-world situations in the safety of the virtual environment, makes simulation training an efficient and effective choice for organizations.
The costs of taking machines out of production and fuel consumption are immediate realized savings. Because simulations can measure learners’ results, other ROI can be attributed as well. Skill improvements can be shown; and progress can be tracked and tested through simulations. Consider, too, the cost of a mishap, unplanned machine maintenance, or medical bills? Any costs to invest in simulation training can be realized in a better bottom line.
Why train equipment operators with Next Gen equipment simulators? The equipment simulators log and record key metrics, we can provide productive and real time information for the operator and the employer. Measure your progress over time, improve your machine operation, show real results. SCHEDULE A FREE SIMULATOR DEMO WWW.NEXTGENEQUIPTRAIN.COM www.cm-labs.com/blog/simulators-effective-training-heavy-equipment-operators/
So, here we go again you might say. As contractors, we are all searching for the best workers we can find, but for many that list appears to be shrinking. We often find that the one significant behavior that must change among all of our leaders and experienced supervisors is that we all must be more engaged in training and educating the new workforce.
This reality is sometimes tiresome for many seasoned veterans, but what are we left to do to move past this situation if we do not commit to training. As one Foreman told us, “I know I’m going to have to train the new guys, but it gets old real fast!” Translation? “This really stinks!”