Cossatot Technical College, DeQueen, AR, has bought a TranSim truck driving simulator from I-Sim Corp., Salt Lake City to use in truck driver training.

The TranSim can simulate more than 140 transmissions and over 280 different engines, letting students experience shifting a variety of configurations over a wide range of grades while pulling an assortment of loads.
"Since our students began using the TranSim, we have noticed a significant decrease in the wear and tear on our trucks," said Mike Kinkade, dean of technology. "Students trained with the TranSim already know how a truck is going to feel and how the clutch and transmission work before they even begin driving, so there is a lot less gear grinding."
Cossatot Technical College, founded in 1991, trains approximately 125 drivers a year in its seven-week training course.