ERIC Number: ED212254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Cost-Effectiveness of Maintenance Simulators for Military Training. Final Report.
Orlansky, J.; String, J.
Designed to help trainers of military maintenance technicians evaluate the cost-effectiveness of using maintenance simulators as opposed to using actual equipment trainers, this report documents the value of using the synthetic training devices to duplicate the performance characteristics of operational equipment under both normal and many malfunction conditions. The report also outlines an evaluation of 12 studies conducted since 1967 which show that student achievement in courses that used maintenance simulators was either the same or better than those in courses using actual equipment trainers. While it is noted that the acquisition cost of maintenance simulators was typically less than that of actual equipment trainers, the report cautions that this finding must be qualified by the fact that effectiveness is based primarily on school achievement rather than on-the-job performance, and cost figures are based primarily on acquisition rather than on life cycle costs. (MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Defense Analysis, Arlington, VA.