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Carmeuse training new operators with CAT simulator

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Global Mining Review,

Carmeuse recently purchased a CAT simulator to train new employees before putting them on the job to operate heavy equipment. The simulator is initially in the Longview plant in Saginaw (Alabama, USA), but will move to various Carmeuse locations throughout the year. Operators are trained using state-of-the-art simulation technology, which is nearly identical to operating a million dollar machine, along with classroom training.

Carmeuse training new operators with CAT simulator

The simulator can be converted to a loader, haul truck, grader and dozer, giving operators the ability to be trained on each machine in a controlled environment. This increases safety, reduces maintenance costs and will not disrupted production time by pulling equipment off the job for training.

Glen Williams, CAT Training Program Manager, is one of the team members who was instrumental in acquiring the simulator. “Through the simulator, Carmeuse is embracing technology and increasing skills and technology on the job,” he said.

The 12 internal instructors who have used the simulator agree that it is a significant improvement in how Carmeuse trains operators, especially for younger employees who are accustomed to using technology. “It is a revolutionary way to train existing and new employees. It allows for more comprehensive learning, and the operator can gain confidence before using the actual equipment,” said Williams.

The CAT simulator and mobile classroom trailer will stay in Longview until April. The simulator will be moved to other Carmeuse locations for training throughout the year along with stops at job fairs and high schools. According to Williams, marketing the simulator to young employees and those interested in the trade industry will bridge an age gap: “The lack of young people going into the skilled trades industry has created a gap. We are hoping that the right technology and programmes will close this gap within Carmeuse.”

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