PC-based simulators for virtual training
To help meet the growing need for qualified equipment operators, Caterpillar‘s equipment training solutions group is developing cost-effective, easy-to-use and reliable PC-based simulators for training entry-level operators. The Virtual Training Systems, the personal simulators and the accompanying training modules, are designed to orient and train inexperienced and prospective operators in basic machine operation and application skills. The training curriculum progressively takes a trainee from basic control orientation through complex application tasks.
The Caterpillar” Virtual Training System offers all the benefits of simulator training without the high initial cost. The training can be used as a self-study tool or as part of a program led by an instructor. As well, the system offers an inexpensive and objective method of assessing the capabilities of potential employees and new hires.
The hydraulic excavators training system is already available. In 2006, Caterpillar will introduce systems for off-highway trucks, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders and track-type tractors. Systems for motor graders and skid steer loaders are planned in 2007. For more information, customers should contact the local Caterpillar dealer or visit www.cat.com.