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Heavy Equipment Operation

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To provide realistic job training and fundamental skills practice, the Heavy Equipment Operating programs will utilize the Center for Innovation’s numerous simulators. Our simulator lab including a forklift with immersive virtual reality simulations and instructions, and CAT machines that offer simulated learning certificates for hydraulic excavator, dozer, backhoe, loader, and grader. Combined with our training, industry partnerships will aid participants in moving from entry-level learners to certified operators.  

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Available Simulators

 
CAT (Caterpillar) Backhoe

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites. This simulator will be available for use from January through March and July through September. 

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CAT (Caterpillar) Small Wheel Loader

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites. This simulator will be available for use from January through April. 

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Forklift Simulator

The Sit-Down CB Forklift-Simulator features actual OEM controls to ensure consistency when transitioning to real-world applications. The Virtual Reality headset that runs the simulator provides realistic sights and sounds that immerse the user in the forklift operations.

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Truck Simulator

The EF-Truck NG Simulator System can be configured into various types of large trucks and transmissions. 

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Additional Simulators 

The following additional simulators are not currently available for use.  

CAT (caterpillar) Excavator 

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites. This simulator will be available for use from May through August. 

  
Cat (caterpillar) Dozer 

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites. This simulator will be available for use from September through December. 

CAT (Caterpillar) Motor Grader

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites. This simulator will be available for use from April through June and October through December.