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Alabama Robotics Park offering workforce training via virtual reality courses

The Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Limestone County announced Tuesday that it is going to offer classes in virtual reality to new and existing clients.

Companies can now contract with the facility to offer their employees virtual reality courses in Paint Robot Troubleshooting, Plant Safety and Precision Measurement.

The Park maintains that virtual reality training provides value to employers because of its safety and the high degree of engagement it engenders among its users. According to a release, employees who participate in the virtual reality courses have higher retention of materials learned.

Alabama Robotics Technology Park provided a breakdown of the three courses available in virtual reality:

Paint Robot Troubleshooting introduces trainees to the paint robot and booth, standard troubleshooting steps involving moisture on or around the robot, and the most common problems and resolution steps to get the robot and production line back up and running. This module is designed for trainees with basic to intermediate automotive manufacturing paint robot experience.

Plant Safety introduces trainees to common safety considerations when working in a manufacturing plant environment. Trainees are introduced to the personal protective equipment, common tools, and safety situations they may encounter in the workplace. This module is designed for trainees with little to no experience in a manufacturing environment.

Precision Measurement introduces trainees to precision measurement instruments commonly used in manufacturing and assembly environments. Trainees are introduced to each measurement tool, how to properly take measurements with the tool, and how to properly read the measurement tool indicators. This module is designed for trainees who have basic math skills with no experience with measurement tools.

Employers who wish to contract with the Park to provide the classes can find more information here.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@new-yhn.local or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.