Online Cat® Courses Complement Empire Training Institute’s Programs for Heavy Equipment Owners and Operators

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A wide range of classroom and web-based training courses for contractors are available through the Empire Training Institute (ETI), Empire’s Product Management Group and CaterpillarUniversity.com – all of which can impact a contractor’s bottom line.

One of the smartest things contractors can do is to train their teams to be more productive and ensure that their business assets (machines) are used wisely and well.

Contractors looking for ways to increase their company’s growth and profitability should consider education and training first. A wide range of classroom and web-based training courses for contractors are available through the Empire Training Institute (ETI), Empire’s Product Management Group and CaterpillarUniversity.com – all of which can impact a contractor’s bottom line.

“Knowledgeable business owners are better equipped to make the right choices when making business decisions or handling challenges,” remarked Adan Salcido, ETI’s corporate and technical training manager. “One of the smartest things contractors can do is to train their teams to be more productive and ensure that their business assets (machines) are used wisely and well. That means maximizing machine efficiency, implementing proper maintenance procedures and staying current on the latest safety and regulatory standards.”

The Empire Training Institute (ETI) provides a variety of technical and non-technical training programs for machinery technicians and others via instructor-led and web-based training courses. Classes are conducted in ETI’s 36,000 square-foot facility in Mesa, AZ or at appropriate client sites. All training courses utilize “pre and post” testing procedures to measure learning and monitor growth.

Machine and fleet performance services are offered by Empire’s Product Management Group. These courses are tailored to fit specific client needs, and can include operator training and efficiency assessments, proper use of jobsite technologies, fleet performance analyses and more.

CaterpillarUniversity.com provides an online tool to help contractors enhance their business success. A recently launched learning site (http://www.caterpillaruniversity.com) offers three basic schools of study—Safety, Operator Training, and Service—and also provides "Quick Link" access to other Caterpillar learning resources.

In the School of Safety, comprehensive training modules teach students the fundamentals of safety and hazard-avoidance when operating equipment, using aerial work platforms and working in confined spaces, as well as cautions to observe when working around asbestos, dangerous chemicals, compressed gases and dust-combustible environments. First-aid courses teach specific procedures and policies for first responders.

For operators, the School of Operator Training provides application-specific courses for hydraulic excavators, off-highway trucks, track-type tractors, wheel loaders and pipelayers. Supplemental materials include manuals, instruction sheets and walk-around-inspection videos.
The School of Service provides more than 90 courses that present the fundamentals of design, operation and diagnostics for air conditioning, brakes, electrical, engine performance, engine repair, hydraulics, and powertrain systems.

Registration at the CaterpillerUniversity.com site allows access to a broad and expanding range of instructional materials, available at no cost or at a nominal credit-card fee. Learn more about CaterpillarUniversity.com by contacting CaterpillarLearning@cat.com.

About the Empire Training Institute (ETI)
The Empire Training Institute (ETI) is one of five Caterpillar® Certified Regional Dealer Learning Centers in North America, and one of only three Cat Certified Applied Failure Analysis training facilities. ETI’s dedicated 36,000 square-foot facility in Mesa, AZ has eight fully equipped classrooms, a failure analysis lab and over 10,000 square feet of shop space. Current staff includes eight Caterpillar certified technical instructors, and one safety instructor. For more information, call 480-633-4363 or visit http://www.empire-cat.com

About Empire Southwest, L.L.C.
Empire Southwest is the authorized Caterpillar® dealer for construction equipment and engines in Arizona, Southeastern California and portions of Northern Mexico. In addition, Empire is a provider of commercial solar power systems and an authorized dealer for agriculture machinery from AGCO, Challenger, Massey Ferguson and other leading manufactures. The third-generation, family owned company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Empire locations include Apache Junction, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Eloy, Flagstaff, Kingman, Nogales, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Safford, Show Low, Tucson and Yuma, Arizona; Imperial and Blythe, California; and Mexicali, Mexico. More information is available at http://www.empirecat.com.

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