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Snowplow Simulator Training Evaluation

Co-authored with Mary Kihl, PhD, Donald Herring, Stephanie McVey, and Vamshee Kovuru

Arizona Department of Transportation
November 2006

Snowplow drivers typically must operate $200,000 pieces of equipment in long, stressful shifts, during blinding snowstorms under demanding traffic conditions. Yet traditional training, with limited funding and staff, can result in new drivers being sent out alone after only two or three storm shifts with a partner-trainer. For this level of responsibility, training needs to be enhanced, to improve driver safety and morale.

In response to this need, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Technical Training Group (ITD-Tech) contracted with L-3 Communications - MPRI Ship Analytics to give third-party simulator training to snowplow operators in rural Arizona. In late 2004, the L-3 mobile simulator classroom visited five ADOT districts: Globe, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Kingman, and Safford. L-3 instructors delivered a 2-1/2-hour curriculum with both classroom and simulator training segments. The Year One trainee group (the 2004-05 snow season) included 149 snowplow drivers.

Arizona Department of Transportation

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