Novolipetsk Metallurgical Combine on cooperation with SIKE

  • Kolesnikov Sergey Mitrofanovich
    Personnel Training and Development Department Specialist
  • Pozinyuk Maxim Andreevich
    Project manager for the development of a mentoring system,
    industrial training and practices
SIKE: Tell us, how are SIKE simulators used?

Sergey Mitrofanovich: We teach electricians starting from the basic qualification level. For production, it is important at this stage to lay a high-quality theoretical and practical foundation for successful and safe work in the future, and an electronic simulator allows a student to understand in detail the design features and structure of the equipment in a classroom.

Maxim Andreevich: An electrician for us is one of the top professions, that is, one of the most widespread and in demand. There are electricians in almost all workshops, so the flow of training is consistently high. The electronic simulator allows us to conduct theoretical training without a large amount of dimensional training equipment.
SIKE: What is the trainees' opinion about the benefits of simulators?

Sergey Mitrofanovich: First, it is simply convenient. In production you have to work with different equipment, often it has impressive dimensions or is mounted in such a way that it is not easy to get to it. In such cases, learning it with a keyboard and mouse is more than justified.

Maxim Andreevich: The situation in the labor market is difficult, so electricians often must be trained from scratch. This is very convenient for basic grades, you can get acquainted with the basic operating principles and design of various types of equipment at once. For more experienced workers, it is useful to look at various equipment options without lengthy trips to the actual locations.
SIKE: How is your educational process organized?

Maxim Andreevich:
For several mass professions, training is carried out in course form. A teacher helps a small group of students master theory and gain basic professional skills using training equipment, after which they are sent to their future workplace for individual practical training with a mentor.

For this form of training, an electronic simulator is a good help; it allows those who are just mastering it to quickly join the profession and improve certain competencies for more experienced workers.
SIKE: As part of last year's purchase, you purchased a simulator to study the design of working stands of rolling mills, how is it used?

Maxim Andreevich:
We recently launched our training system "NLMK.Trainers", which made all our electronic simulators accessible from any workstation in our corporate network. Even taking into account some differences in the technological process at specific workplaces, the simulator gives a good understanding of the general principle, so we use it quite actively. You need to understand what the training equipment is, in most cases, of course, it does not give you the immediate skill, you need practice at a workplace. But this is a good addition and an important part of the educational process.
SIKE: You had an idea to use these simulators and give access to your basic training organizations, did it come true?

Maxim Andreevich:
Together with educational institutions, we managed to create a unified information space on the use of educational and training equipment. Now we are actively using these opportunities to prepare our guys for practical training at an enterprise and to teach them specific skills that are especially in demand in real production conditions.

Many simulators were implemented based on our equipment, this is very convenient for students of specialized areas of training, first, they get acquainted with the virtual model, and when they get to production they see already familiar units.
SIKE: What value does a teacher see in these simulators?

Sergey Mitrofanovich: When learning on simulators, a student always has the required number of attempts to hone their skills. The models are made realistically and recognizable, so knowledge of the design and the correct sequence of their installation greatly increases the speed and quality of the student's work.

In addition, SIKE simulators have a very clear interface. Even inexperienced PC users, as a rule, do not have problems. Due to this, a teacher has to be less distracted.

Maxim Andreevich: We are working to ensure that employees whose workplace is not equipped with a computer have free access to computer classes, where they have the opportunity to reserve a place for themselves and undergo the necessary training or practice on a simulator.

The simulator allows you to return to material already studied or practice some individual skills, if necessary – this is a long-lasting effect.