Properly training your operators and establishing an accountable environment on the job site can benefit your bottom line in a number of ways, including:
Overall efficiency. Operators who participate in regular training are going to be able to operate the machine at optimal performance in order to get the job done right and fast.
Job site safety. It is imperative to know and understand the machine you are operating in order to ensure safety and minimize accident or injury risk on the job site.
Protecting your investment and the longevity of the machine. Operators who have been trained by the equipment manufacturer or dealer are more likely to properly use, store and transport the machines. Also, by being trained in machine maintenance, operators are more likely to understand the benefit of routine maintenance checks and identifying potential issues early—when they can typically be fixed faster and less expensively.
Optimizing utilization of new machine technology. Advanced operator training also helps you and/or your operators stay on top of the latest features and use new technology to its fullest, gaining better accuracy, efficiency and overall productivity from the equipment.
Resources to Help Train You and/or Your Operators
While operator training is especially important, it’s not always easy to locate helpful training resources, especially since it varies by equipment manufacturer. This is why we decided to compile a list of helpful links and resources for those of you who operate and/or manage a fleet of Cat® loaders, excavators, dozers and telehandlers. The following list highlights easily accessible training opportunities available for fleet managers and machine operators:
Caterpillar University offers a comprehensive range of online operator training courses in multiple languages. The catalog includes a variety of safety, operator, and machine servicing and maintenance training courses.
Caterpillar Safety Services provides a variety of resources to help owners and/or operators ensure a safe working environment and a system of accountability. Some of the services include online and in-person and online training courses, safety consultation and assessments, and continuous improvement programs.
Cat® Landscaping and Construction YouTube Channel houses hundreds of walk-arounds and how-to videos. The channel is organized with machine specific playlists and detailed video labels so you can easily find what you are researching. Playlists within the channel include:
Product Launch Videos highlight all of the new series and/or product introductions and demonstrations. This is a great resource when you add new machine(s) to your fleet, in order to help your operators get familiar with the new design, capabilities and features.
Skid Steers/Compact Track Loaders playlist features a wide variety of videos that give you how-to tips and demonstrations on everything from daily maintenance to utilizing features specific to Cat® Skid Steer, Compact Track and Multi Terrain Loaders. You can watch the series of operating tip videos which demonstrate how to perform daily maintenance and use helpful machine features such as speed sensitive ride control, return to dig and work tool positioner.
Backhoe Loaders playlist provides video demonstrations of everything from how to service your backhoe loader to using a hydraulic coupler to switch attachments.
Mini Excavators playlist houses a variety of videos that provide training on utilizing machine technology within the cab and operating machine features such as a variable angle boom, as well as machine walk-arounds.
Telehandlers playlist is populated with several helpful machine overview and operator tip videos that provide application specific demonstrations and information.
Dozers playlist features several machine demonstrations, as well as helpful how-to videos for Cat® Dozer capabilities, including slope assist and the stable blade feature.
Small Wheel Loaders playlist contains dozens of operator tip videos demonstrating how to use helpful machine features and technology, such as rimpull, reversing fan, coded start and secondary display.
Attachments playlist provides informative videos of the capabilities and demonstrations of a variety of machine attachments.
Making sure your operators are trained properly on the equipment they are using is going to help ensure a safe and efficient job site. To learn more about operator training resources available to you, contact your local Cat® dealer or visit us online.
We’d like to hear about how you participate in training and/or train your operators.
Are you a machine operator or do you manage a group of operators? If so, do you and/or your operators participate in equipment training?
What type of training resources do you find most helpful? Least helpful?
What are some of the challenges you face regarding operator training?
How have you established an accountable environment on the job site?
Are there certain training resources you wish were available to you that you currently cannot access or find?
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