The Mine Training Society has teamed up with Aurora College once again to ramp up the success of Aurora’s new Underground Miner Training Program.
Part of their education will be time spent on a new $1.5 million simulator learning how to operate underground mining equipment: a two boom jumbo drill for production drilling, a scoop tram (aka LHD), an underground haul truck and a roof bolter.
The underground mining simulator is similar to a flight simulator. Students sit in a cab with three screens, one in the front and two on the sides. The seat remains the same, but the cab and the controls are interchangeable, and replicate exactly the actual controls of the equipment. Even the sear simulates rough terrain and movement.
Diavik, BHP Billiton and De Beers Canada, which contributed to the purchase of the simulator, will also use it to it to train their employees.