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


This simulation focuses on testing your knowledge of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Ensure your safety by correctly equipping yourself with the required gear. This simulation aims to reinforce practical application of safety protocols.

Clear Workplace

In this simulation, you'll be placed in a workshop environment where your task is to clear obstacles before commencing work. Practical application of workspace safety is emphasized, providing hands-on experience in ensuring a safe and efficient work environment

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.

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. 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.


This simulation serves as a tutorial, providing step-by-step guidance on key concepts and procedures. It is designed to familiarize users with the basics, ensuring a solid foundation before proceeding to more complex modules.

Speed Run

Test your efficiency and speed in this simulation, where you'll be required to complete a set of tasks within a specified time frame. This simulation challenges your ability to apply learned concepts swiftly and accurately.

Power up and Setup Machine

This simulation guides you through the process of powering up and setting up the machine for operation.

Set-Up Vice

Learn the necessary steps to set up a vice for machining tasks in this hands-on simulation.

Work Offsets

Explore the world of work offsets and their significance in machining processes.

Load Tool and Touch Off

Gain practical experience in loading tools and performing touch-offs for precise machining.

Program Run

In this module, you'll engage in a simulation focusing on running CNC programs. Follow the steps to execute programmed instructions on the CNC machine.


Conclude your training with an assessment module, testing your understanding of the concepts and procedures covered in the simulations. This assessment aims to evaluate your proficiency and ensure a comprehensive grasp of the material.