Virtual workplace experience
Simulators are successfully helping people prepare for a career, writes Tom Bowden
SIMULATORS can help students in their career decision-making process and are a vital tool for those already in the workforce to plot their job progress, says the Civil Contractors Federation.
Its training arm Civil Train is one of the providers that prepares people for a career in the civil construction industry.
It operates a training facility at Thebarton and offers a range of nationally accredited and non-accredited courses and programs that include using advanced simulators as part of the curriculum.
Chief executive Phil Sutherland says training machines that simulate driving or operating a heavy vehicle and plant provides students with close to a real-life experience in the classroom.
‘‘ On any measure, our suite of simulators has been a success story,’’ he says.
‘‘ We anticipate that demand for simulator training will grow as the benefits of this type of training become better known, ultimately leading to a point where the use of civil simulation is standardised.
‘‘ It is very popular with young people who have grown up in a world dominated by visual sensory technology.’’
Civil construction is often referred to as horizontal engineering as it deals with a diverse range of preconstruction engineering activities. It includes building and repairing roads, bridges, tunnels and freeways.
The civil sector in South Australia represents at least 40 per cent, or 350,000, of Australia’s construction industry workforce. They are involved in some of the states largest building and redevelopment projects, including construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide Oval redevelopment, duplication of the Southern Expressway, construction of the South Rd Superway elevated freeway, extension of the rail line from Noarlunga Centre to Seaford and construction of the Adelaide Desalination Plant. Occupations in the civil construction industry include plant operator, concrete worker, pipe layer, driller, line marker, works supervisor, estimator, draftsman, soil technician and quantity surveyor.
TECHNOLOGY: The simulators room of the Civil Contractors Federation training centre at Thebarton.