Major Manufacturer Fills Mini Equipment Need

Staff | September 28, 2010

Developed by a leading equipment manufacturer, a new computer-based operator training course is aimed at helping owners of mini-excavators both prepare a reliable crew and protect their investments.

The Caterpillar program covers the fundamentals of daily maintenance, machine controls, safe operating practices, and operating techniques for the company's excavators weighing up to 6 metric tons.

"Finding and retaining qualified operators is one of the toughest challenges faced by contractors today," says Dan Bruch, North American general construction training manager with Caterpillar. "The program incorporates video, sound, and a series of knowledge checks to ensure comprehension. We wanted an informative program that would engage the student, even if the individual isn't accustomed to spending time at a computer screen."

Available at any Caterpillar equipment dealer, the training course contains both English and Spanish narration and text. A computer with a DVD-ROM drive is required.