In this Issue
From the Editor
One of the ways we help support future operators is through our Cat Simulators Scholarship. Each year we award the scholarship to a student enrolled in a heavy-equipment related program at an accredited school. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winner, Justin Christensen of Salem, Utah. Justin is a student at Utah State University studying in the Heavy Equipment Operations program.
Inmates Gaining Skills for Success
The state of Nevada, USA, is forward thinking when it comes to developing its workforce and helping to reduce the rate of recidivism among its offenders. The need for skilled workers in one of the fastest growing states cannot keep up with the construction industry demands. The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) has an answer.
“When digging with an excavator, always dig with the sprockets to the rear. This provides better stability, break out force and protects the travel motors from being contacted with debris or the bucket.”
Mine Equipment Training Specialist & COO of GET Solutions
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Cat Simulators on the Road
Cat Simulators installer/trainer, Simon Halabi, traveled to Amman, Jordan to conduct installation and training for the Jordanian Military. The military takes part in civilian road construction projects, so training is of utmost importance to them. Its robust, operator-training program teaches Wheel Loader, Excavator, Dozer and Motor-Grader operations.
Once the simulators were set-up and ready to use, over a dozen soldiers took part in the hardware and software training throughout the week. A visit and approval from a head general made Halabi’s day! Plans to allow other government agencies to cycle through and train on the simulators are also in the works.
Meet the Team
Meet Simon Halabi, Cat Simulators Training Instructor for Simformotion LLC. He has conducted installations and training for the US military, foreign militaries, universities, colleges, trade schools, and private companies around the world. Simon provides a complete “Train the Trainer” experience on hardware with an emphasis on the software. He works closely with the account managers in helping provide additional support and troubleshooting to their customers either in person or on the phone. When he is not on the road, he is performing an additional level of quality assurance/quality control and usability testing on the hardware and software. That testing has allowed him to have greater involvement in new product releases like the new VR experience for Advanced Construction Excavator and Underground LHD simulators.