A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

New York Times

There has been a general uptick in interest, [Drew Carruthers] said, and the company has emphasized how simulators can provide a return on investment. Operating heavy machinery can be intimidating, and simulators remove the possibility of damaging property or injuring people.

Construction companies need the confidence that new operators are not going to destroy their equipment, Mr. Carruthers said. “So what you want in a simulator is a safe environment that puts fear in you that there are consequences for your actions.”

Simulators work to engage multiple senses: Most have real controls in the proper locations to help users develop muscle memory. Even the sounds are reproduced accurately. CM Labs records real-life equipment because each squeaky part and every straining engine can indicate optimal performance or incoming disaster.

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