Industry Snapshot: Heavy Equipment & Machinery

The knowledge and skills required for manufacturing professionals in the heavy equipment industry continues to rise. The routine, repetitive jobs of the past are disappearing, and instead, manufacturers are seeking versatile individuals that can multitask and troubleshoot.

This isn't a surprise when you consider the complexity of heavy equipment. Large structure assembly, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, electrical components and wiring… this is not simple manufacturing.

We'd like to think, though, that we have a simple solution for training. Tooling U-SME is proud to work with multiple companies in the heavy equipment industry. If your company serves this industry, we want to share with you some of our successes and demonstrate how we can support job training in your company.


Our Top Heavy Equipment & Machinery Customers

   CAT
   Excel Foundry
   John Deere
   LeTourneau Technologies

   Rosenboom
   Urschel Labs


Customer Spotlight

The Company

A U.S. manufacturer of custom-crafted cylinders and tier 1 supplier to the heavy equipment industry.

The Challenge

  • The company was experiencing shortcomings with quality. Poor quality was apparent through inspection results, returns from customers, and customer audits.
  • They had no formal training in place.
  • They expressed the need for a structured training system targeted toward welders and machinists.
  • They needed to train multiple locations and also involve multiple supervisors and managers. Each manager needed control over the training program.

The Solution

  • A three-year license including multiple locations, approx. 500 employees.
  • Assistance in setting up various groups and permissions within the Tooling U-SME learning management system (LMS), with tiered access for supervisors and managers.

The Result

  • The customer felt the impact of the '08 recession but rebounded strongly and attributed the rebound to improved training.
  • Improved training allowed cross training and greater flexibility during the recession.
  • 50+ managers embraced the training, ramping up utilization across all locations.
  • Following the structure built into the training system, managers approached training as a repeatable process. Key stakeholders expressed their awareness of the emergence of a culture of learning.