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 [...]
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 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 [...]
LIVE IN PERSON EVENT - “Maximizing Job Efficiencies and Equipment Operation for Civil Contractors” – Tuesday, Sept. 1st About the In Person Seminar: An efficient jobsite delivers maximum results and profits. And that positive result comes from knowledge and experience. We hope you will join Caterpillar's equipment expert Scott Knoblauch and Wagner Equipment for our Tuesday, September 1st seminar. Scott will be discussing the recurring themes and everyday actions he has seen during his 30 years of working on jobsites and how these issues can cause inefficiencies and reduce a contractor’s production and profits. Scott's lively 120-minute presentation will look [...]
Training current and future workers in the construction industry. NEXT GEN EQUIPMENT TRAINING is working with the Construction Education Foundation (CEF) here in Colorado to help train current and future workers in the construction industry. Our specialty is heavy equipment operator training using high-tech and cutting edge equipment simulators. Next Gen supplied training scholarships to CEF and we want to share a video that highlights one of the outstanding students that recently attended a training session with the Next Gen instructor at our training facility in Golden, CO.
Employee screening — since finding people who are already trained in specific pieces of equipment isn’t always possible, using the simulators as a screening technique for hiring is ideal. Testing potential employees in the simulators to see how they react, their level of coordination and to verify the skills they claim to have, but without putting actual machines or other employees at risk, is a great way to find the right staff.
Improved safety and less risk during training — each piece of equipment is monumentally expensive, to say nothing of the importance of safety for both the operator and the people working in the field with them. Leveraging simulator training is a great opportunity to experience real life situations with zero risk to projects, existing equipment and personnel.
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!”
Simulation allows learners to practice dangerous scenarios that would otherwise be impossible to duplicate in real life. Making a mistake in the virtual world doesn't have the same consequences as real life. Simulations can replicate perilous or risky situations, allowing learners to train and master procedures, so once in the real world they are better prepared for the situation. The risk to hurting themselves, co-workers, job sites or machines are greatly reduced because of knowledge gained during simulations. What would happen if the brakes failed on a haul truck; a loaded bucket was carried too high; or a machine went [...]