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To help meet the growing need for qualified equipment operators, Caterpillar Equipment Training Solutions Group developed PC-based simulators for training entry-level operators starting in 2006. The Virtual Training Systems, the personal simulators and the accompanying training modules, are designed to orient and train inexperienced and prospective operators in basic machine operation and application skills. The training curriculum progressively takes a trainee from basic control orientation through complex application tasks. The training can be used as a self-study tool or as part of a program led by an instructor. The system features an instructional design that moves operator trainees through increasingly more difficult modules to enable the trainee to build skills. The trainee receives instant feedback to show where improvement is needed.