BNSF’s main training hub, the Technical Training Center (TTC) on the Johnson County Community College campus in Overland Park, Kan. boasts state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and equipment dedicated to training and development of engineering, telecommunications, mechanical and transportation employees.
Students include newly hired employees as well as railroad veterans reinforcing past training or learning new skills. In an average year, BNSF trains about 10,000 employees at the TTC.
The locomotive simulators at the TTC are used for certification training for new engineers. Although most other simulators are installed in training rooms at major division locations around the rail network, four portable versions move around the network in mobile trailers for remote training and recertification. Each field simulator is networked back to the TTC, where instructors can monitor up to eight simulators at once.
The TTC also houses four crane operator simulators to help train operators and mechanics. Like locomotive simulators, the crane simulators have the same controls as real cranes and sync to a high-resolution virtual environment. Instructors can simulate weather conditions such as wind and rain to teach crane operators how to control loads in adverse conditions.