Category: Simulation for Training

Apr 5
Organisations that own and operate heavy equipment are most always looking for new operators. And to do that, they are primarily targeting current employees who are now doing other kinds of work, to grow their own people with work experience in other fields, including military veterans [1]. In both cases, (...)
Jan 18
Whether you like it or not, your thoughts affect your actions.  And that’s why how you feel about what you do counts. The fact is, most of us struggle when we’ve got to show someone else what we can do e.g. to earn a driver’s license, or become a certified (...)
Dec 11
“What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.” (Confucius) Yes, doing is the best way to learn, but the ancient Chinese scholar was only “half right”, because just any old “doing” … won’t do! The fact is, my father taught my mother how (...)
Jun 12
Time was, training to become a blacksmith, baker, or candlestick maker required person-to-person interaction. Today, that’s just as true for heavy equipment operators. And that’s because developing any kind of skill means first showing me what to do, and then watching what I do to help me learn to do (...)
Nov 15
Typical operator training programs combine classroom-based instruction with real-world seat-time but the results are often discouraging, because there are three kinds of uncertainty. Are you choosing the right people to train? Are your trainees learning properly? Are your new operators working well enough? We can summarize the current arrangement in (...)
Mar 7
With so many sectors of the economy doing so well, employers are struggling to “find” operators for their heavy equipment. Chances are your own business is growing too, so you not only need people to replace the operators who are retiring or moving away, you also need people to operate (...)
Dec 19
All around the world, operator certification is growing in importance to make heavy equipment operations safer by imposing (minimum) standards on what you need to know and what you need do at the controls of real heavy equipment (cranes, excavators, forklifts, etc.). Think about cars. When you “know enough”, you (...)
May 28
An early airplane flying enthusiast, Ed Link developed his “Pilot Maker” in 1929 by combining state-of-the-art technology (for that time) consisting of motors, pumps, and bellows from the electric pianos and movie theatre pipe organs manufactured in his father’s factory.