Creating the metaverse for problem solving skills in manufacturing

OMIC is on a mission to develop and apply advanced metals manufacturing technologies and processes for industrial competitive advantage and academic growth. Most training programs for career and technical education (CTE) take a heavily guided approach where they give step by step instructions. This approach, while being effective at delivering specific information, fails to train for problem solving skills which are vitally important for skills transfer and motivation. In contrast, experts at Oregon Tech are taking an innovative approach to apply the HyperSkill platform to creating a VR course that is based on problem solving. This project will create 5 high quality VR simulations focusing on core machining skills. A distinguishing aspect of the project is its emphasis on leveraging data to deeply understand the learner and support them in their exploratory learning process.

Overview of Simulation created with OMIC

Controller Exercise 1

Gain a Comprehensive Understanding of CNC Machine Button Operations through Simulated Button Matching: Connect the Correct Description to its Corresponding Button for Advancement to the Next Module.

PPE Donning Assessment

Put Your PPE Knowledge to the Test: Equip Yourself with the Minimum Necessary Personal Protective Equipment in this Realistic Simulation. Explore the Cabinet and Learn about the Various PPE Items by Hovering Over Them. Ensure Your Safety by Selecting the Hard Hat, Eye Protection, and Ear Protection. Receive Immediate Feedback on Your Choices and Correct Incorrect Selections with Embedded Videos or Starting Over. Save Your Progress and Review Content Anytime. Move on to the Next Scenario Upon Correctly Equipping Yourself with the Required PPE.

Controller Exercise 2

Experience Hands-On Control of the Haas CNC Machine: Navigate the Controller Board with Confidence in this Interactive Simulation. Tackle Five Real-World Problems by Selecting the Correct Buttons or Button Combinations on the Haas Controller. Prove Your Mastery by Advancing to the Next Module Upon Correctly Answering All Five Scenarios. Enhance Your Learning with Immediate Feedback and Opportunities to Review Material.


This is a detailed narrative of a lockout/tagout (LOTO) training scenario using a Haas CNC machine. The scenario includes both visual and audio cues to guide the learner through the LOTO process, including shutting down the electrical power, air pressure, and hydraulic pressure (if applicable). The scenario will track various variables such as time spent in the scenario, time spent on each section of the checklist, the number of hints given, and progress through the scenario. The scenario also includes features such as context-sensitive help, positive/negative sounds for correct/incorrect answers, and a progress bar to show the learner's progress. The scenario takes place in a lab environment with a Haas CNC machine, an electrical control box with a gate switch, pressure gauges for pneumatic and hydraulic shutoffs, and audio sounds to simulate each event. The learner must successfully shut off each section of the system or they will be directed back to the previous LOTO video training for a refresh.

Clear Workplace

The learner is in a workshop and must clear obstacles (debris in machine, floor obstacles, person in workspace) before work can begin. Visual instructions can be removed and audio reminders will occur if the learner is inactive. Correctly clearing the obstacles will trigger a sound and make the object glow. A progress bar and home button are available, and variables such as time and inactivity will be tracked. Once all obstacles are cleared, the learner moves to the next module.