Using Mine Equipment Simulators for Training: An Industry/Education Partnership

CIM Montreal 2015
Al Charbonneau (Atlas Copco Mining & Rock Excavation Technique Canada), Kelvin (Toby) Greschner (Northlands College), Colleen Durocher (Northlands College)
Atlas Copco, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mining equipment, has partnered with the Northlands College Mine School, located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, to develop efficient and cost effective methods to train people to operate mining equipment. Northlands and Atlas Copco will use state of the art Atlas Copco simulators to train and certify entry level and advanced underground miners. This presentation will provide background on the history of the development of mine equipment simulators for training and how this technical advancement is changing the entire training concept in the industry. Aspects of safety, liability, productivity, and reduction of repair costs will be
discussed as they relate to the application of simulator based training. An institutional perspective to training Aboriginal residents of Northern Saskatchewan for the
mining industry over the last 20 years will be provided. The development of partnerships between training institutions and industry will be discussed as it relates to the modern requirements of industry and northern Aboriginal people. The presentation will outline and discuss the advantages of introducing the latest simulator technology to this training model. The importance of making formal, recognizable agreements between industry and educational institutions will be emphasized, and the development and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Atlas Copco and Northlands College Mine School discussed. In closing, a look to the future of industry education partnerships and simulator training will be provided.
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