Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:53 am
Bucyrus International, Inc. has donated an Electronic Mining Shovel Simulator to the Mesabi Range College Foundation and the Mesabi Range Community & Technical College in Virginia, Minn. The simulator will be the only one of its kind to be located on any college campus in the United States for mining training.
"As a premier equipment supplier to the mining industry, Bucyrus is committed to being a dependable partner to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders,” said Shelley Hickman, director of global communications at Bucyrus. “At the core of that commitment is creating safe work environments, and modeling the best behaviors of corporate stewardship that will sustain many generations to come. With the donation of this innovative technology, Bucyrus is able to educate future mining employees and provide an invaluable asset to the mining
The donated technology, Value Added Simulation Training for electric mining shovels, will be used to train perspective and current mining employees through the college’s Industrial Mechanical Technology program.
"There is a direct correlation between training students before they get to a mine site and a reduction in incident rates for safety issues,” said Bob Jelinek, vice president of sales and integration at Bucyrus. “This technology will be by far the premier teaching simulator in the area but, more importantly, it will help educate the students who will be entering the workforce and keep them safe."
The shovel simulator will be housed at the Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College alongside three caterpillar simulators, a hydraulic excavator, and other equipment.