SOFTEC options expanding

SOFTEC trainer Kyle Gjonnes (foreground) and recent program graduate Isaiah Lindquist work together to load a huge pile of digital ‘dirt’ in an articulating dump truck. 

The offerings for students through the SOFTEC heavy equipment training program in Siren continue to expand. An open house on Monday, Aug. 1 showcased some of the new equipment and training apparatus the facility offers to train future heavy equipment operators, which now can work in tandem, with two people involved in the same ‘job site’ scenario, but working on different pieces of equipment.

As recent grad student Isaiah Lindquist ran an excavator, he loaded a pile of (digital) dirt onto an articulating dump truck, run by trainer Kyle Gjonnes.