When skilled labour is in short supply, it’s vital to take advantage of the potential each job applicant has to offer. “There is real value to using the Vortex simulator for the hiring process,” says Greg Smith, Project Manager for Conewago.
“We can bring applicants to the simulator and actually test them compared to our known and reliable operators. This allows us to gauge where they’re at in their experience. It might result in an understanding that they’re not quite as experienced as they’d indicated — but also that they might just need some time on the simulator to hone their skills and to be ready for the job site the way we need them to be.” “Using the Vortex simulator, we were able to cut crane training costs by around $30,000 per operator.” Conewago also regularly uses the simulator now for operator benchmarking. This allows them to identify particular skills that some operators may need to enhance.