Using Simulators to Standardize Utility Operator Training

Incident Prevention

To standardize equipment operator training, as well as expanding seat time for the apprentices, Missouri Valley Line Constructors turned to simulation-based training.

Simulators generally represent a lower cost investment than real equipment, especially when considering the repairs, maintenance, and running costs of having novices train on real machines. However, beyond cost considerations, simulators offer an attractive training alternative for a number of other reasons.

It is substantially easier to schedule training on simulators, for example, as they are available around the clock and in all climate conditions. In addition, trainees can work largely unsupervised on a simulator, which would not be the case if they were running actual equipment.

One of the most important advantages of training on simulators over the real equipment is that they represent a controlled environment for learners to acquire skills — with no extreme temperatures, and no competing noise interference, they can focus on acquiring the muscle memory required for work site operations.

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