About the Talk
November 10, 2009 12:00 PM
Belfast, IrelandBelfast, Ireland
Training and simulation is a must to all heavy equipment operators. Since their jobs are perhaps the most crucial one in construction and their tools are undeniably the heaviest to control, ample amount of training and the long years of perfecting the craft are needed.
Large manufacturers of heavy equipment operating in many countries have provided sufficient training grounds for their workers. Different organizations are also taking advantage of simulations training and its benefit to lure more workers into the job since the scarcity of construction warnings are threatening many companies to foreclosure.
Trained employees are needed to increase productivity but it can also be a challenging task to find one. With all the risk and associated cost, many heavy equipment companies dive in just to meet the demands of the fast-pacing infrastructure world. Axis Capital Group, a company which sells and rents capital equipment in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia is one of the increasing numbers of companies who are also conducting simulation and training with the aid of high end devices provided by the leading technological companies.
Mining operations have the highest demand of operators among all the construction works being prodded for training. Extensive use of mechanism has driven the production of equipment which is heavier, larger, more powerful and more complex. As a result, these machines have become harder to operate. Hydraulics and electric-cable driven machines remain to be a struggle for operators as it is more difficult to position and orient.
To date, graphical simulations are being provided which promise lesser risk and realistic experience. Trainings are now held in a room with what seems like television screens, some of which are showing 3D experiences. The virtual environment is designed after the actual job site and the control panels are built in complete replicate of the actual ones in the machines. Trainers can also control the simulation process to which operators can be trained to make split-second decisions when faced with life-threatening situations in the workplace.
In a lot of reviews, Komatsu has just started its 3D simulator training for engine maintenance. Caterpillar and Mitsubishi have already started theirs and have been in a better shape with their arduous workers. The training may be tedious and takes longer hours of being baked under the sun and on the heat of machineries around but for worthwhile experience, those who passed the training are able to demand higher salary wage and have a good chance of being promoted.