(October 6, 2014) Late at night, while his students are making potentially hazardous mistakes while learning electrical troubleshooting, Tom Bedwell has no trouble sleeping.

Bedwell, the Assistant Training Director for the Tampa Area Electrical JATC, and his team have adopted the safe, electrical troubleshooting training simulations from Simutech Multimedia Inc. The simulations allow students to take their training home, to work or on the road when safely learning and refining the problem-solving techniques that will make them stand out.

Now the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has added the troubleshooting training system to its growing library of interactive learning solutions. Offered outside the ALLIANCE’S Blended Learning System, Simutech’s Transit Edition provides convenient access for students and instructors on multiple computers. The standalone software includes many improvements for instructors to administer each program and then monitor and test students using the Course Manager — Simutech’s unique learning management system.

“Using the Transit Edition, I log in every morning to see how far each person has progressed,” says Bedwell, who enjoys the flexibility that comes with the ability to track student progress and issue custom tests before heading in to work for the day.
“The Course Manager allows me to see what they’ve done. If someone has struggled on one part then we can bring it up and talk about it in class.”

With many of the features that make video games so appealing, student progress is recorded and assessed against best practice methods. Free to tackle the training on their own schedule, students are able to work from home instead of making the long commute to the Tampa training center, saving gas and reducing wear and tear on their vehicles.

The instructors appreciate that the software programs include many more options to create test faults when compared against the limitations of lab hardware trainers. Bedwell has imposed a rule that students must master the safety protocols rooted in each simulation and then complete the troubleshooting simulations before advancing to the motors lab, where the risks are real.

Simutech programs can be found in 13 JATC training centers throughout North America and the Electrical Training ALLIANCE, has taken notice of this increase demand for troubleshooting training.

“Given the dangerous work that electrical workers face, these immersive and interactive learning tools and simulations are really important teaching tools for us,” says Marty Riesberg, the Director of Curriculum Development for Electrical Training ALLIANCE.

After more than 19 years creating simulations that bring real electrical challenges to the computer screen, Simutech Multimedia has tailored its products to allow more flexibility when accessing the programs. Whether tackling the troubleshooting challenges at the local JATC office, at home on a PC or on a laptop during downtime at work, each person will be able to work through the problem-solving training and simulations while balancing the demands of work, family and travel.

“Our methodical five-step approach to problem-solving has been shown to benefit workers even after they leave the training center and job site,” says Warren Rhude, the Founder and CEO of Simutech Multimedia Inc.

About the Troubleshooting Guys from Simutech Multimedia Inc.

Simutech Multimedia Inc. is a leading developer of simulation-based electrical troubleshooting training software. We help teach and refine the skills of electrical troubleshooting in a safe and cost-effective way.

With six distinct software products that challenge veteran electricians as well as new maintenance pros, our mission since 1995 is to help improve the skills of personnel in the electrical industry by developing the most effective and highest quality electrical training software.

Our growing list of core and advanced skill level titles includes:
1. Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits
2. Troubleshooting Control Circuits
3. Troubleshooting Motor Circuits
4. Troubleshooting PLCs
5. Troubleshooting Industrial Controls 1
6. Troubleshooting Industrial Controls 2

About The Electrical Training Alliance

The Electrical Training ALLIANCE (previously called NJATC) was created over 70 years ago as a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.

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