New simulator for city heavy equipment operators unveiled

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A new training simulator was unveiled yesterday in Toledo with the goal of improving skill levels of all heavy equipment operators in the city.

The brand new state of the art technology is a first for equipment operations. Currently it’s set up in the streets department but other departments within the city will eventually get to use it. The city says the new 150 thousand dollar simulator will improve employee productivity and save money.

Jeremy Mikolajczyk, Commissioner of Streets, Bridges and Harbor says "This will cut our costs, in being able to train without using an actual piece of equipment and it will take the fear out of the operator, knowing that if something does go wrong that it’s just a simulator."

Right now the simulator offers training in four different pieces of equipment. With hopes to expand it to other machinery that are used within the city.