Sheridan College receives six heavy equipment simulators valued at around $90,000 this week

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Have you ever operated a forklift? Or an excavator, a wheel loader or a dozer? It is harder than it looks — and it looks pretty hard. The Sheridan College Center for Workforce and Community Development teaches real-life skills like these — and just this week, the Center received six heavy equipment simulators valued at around $90,000 with grant funding from the Department of Labor. "These simulators will allow students to come in and get the education, to get the training they need to get a relatively well-paying job quickly," Karen St. Clair, Director for the Center said. The simulators are set up in six stations to allow access by six students at once, and all six have forklift training programs. Three also feature wheel loader training, three train for dozer operation and three train for excavator operation. [image: Inline image 1] The College is looking at offering non-credit heavy equipment training with the simulators in the spring, and will also offer for-credit classes to diesel students. An unlimited number of students will benefit from the simulators at the College, Tech Instructor Robert James said. James will teach and develop the curriculum for the heavy equipment classes. "This will really give students a knowledge of how the equipment works," James said, adding that simulator training is also used by the military. The simulators can mimic weather conditions, additional equipment in the area and other real-life situations, James said. "This will give employers a little bit of that comfort level that someone has been trained before hiring," St. Clair said. Students will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing classes to show potential employers, she said. [image: Inline image 2] *Above and Featured: Sheridan College Tech Instructor Robert James uses one of the heavy equipment simulators at the College. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news