Benchmarks, a.k.a. Metrics, are the actionable measured attributes or units of data set in the simulator system, recorded during the simulation exercises and analyzed in the reports at the end, determining user performance and progress. Caterpillar provides our development team with ranges, unit target amounts and measurement levels for our learners to complete at a high standard of performance in each simulator training exercise. These performance and growth targets highlight critical areas of training and operations needing proficient performance, such as safety, productivity, fuel consumption, hours and machine usage.
In the example of safety, if the new learner is being tested on the simulator, does not properly start up the machine and proceeds through the exercise, he/she will not pass the simulation exercise. In the real, non-simulated world “on the iron” operations, improper start up procedures could ruin the machine and lead to unsafe working conditions for the operator or others. Having a set of benchmarks/metrics within the system and using the simulation in “Practice” or “Exam” modes, ensures the learner’s progress is tracked, measured and given direct feedback. These benchmarks/metrics ensure learning of proper operational techniques or skills on the path to reach basic or advanced levels of proficiency.
For more information on results measured in Cat Simulators; and SimScholars™ Curriculum beginner to advanced metrics, contact an Account Manager.