|Need for Cross Training|
|While "right sizing" was the trend of the early ‘90s with
outsourcing quickly to follow, the remaining employees are now expected to be able to leap over traditional craft lines without
even spilling their coffee. While it is true that modern equipment is very "smart" you still need to understand the equipment
and systems to be able to effectively troubleshoot them. Let Training Technology help your workforce to make the transition
into becoming truly multi-craft trained and qualified. We can also help your employees prepare for local or state certification
requirements. We are prepared for such tests as the Level I, II, and III Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) exams
written by the ISA and all types of National Electrical Code (NEC) exams.|
have found that the key to effective E&I cross training is the use of a three-step approach:
You first have to determine what the E&I Techs
need to know (i.e. What jobs do you want the people to be able to do and on what equipment?
you need to know how well each person can do those jobs. Is that person coming from either an instrumentation of electrician
and only then can a training curriculum be prescribed.
Generally the following course sequence (from bottom to top)
will be used within the training sequence. Based upon an absence of assessment instruments the following would be a
suggested 12 week training sequence. Each training experience would be immediately followed by meaningful hands-on field
experiences with documented activities and mentoring to give the person the application. You can generally expect it
to take approximate two years.
OSHA Safety Training Requirements
OSHA requires that anyone performing work around exposed energized components at a voltage of 50 volts (both ac and dc) and above
unless there is an increased exposure to electrical burns or to explosion due to electric arcs then that lower voltage must
also be considered a hazard and must be a qualified person. Even through Subpart S and R of the OSHA regulations have
significant differences, the general definition of what makes a qualified person is similar. To be a qualified person you
must have received training in and have demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of the equipment
and installations and the hazards involved. This rule applies to not only electricians, instrumentation technicians and
welders but their blue collar supervisors and anyone else doing electrically hazardous work. Even if you only change
out a fuse, reset a tripped circuit breaker, or replace a damaged plug on an extension cord your company must be able to document
that the person doing the work is qualified to do the job. This requirements applies whenever the employee is exposed
to any of the three hazards of electricity: shock, arc flash or blast.
Let Training Technology help you to take a fresh look at your current electrical work
practices. While no one can give you a "Silver Bullet" to ward off citations, we can use our over thirty years of
experience to help your organization really make "safety first" be more than just an expression. If you don’t
have written electrical work practices, how can you be sure that everyone is doing all electrical jobs in a safe and correct
way. With the codes and regulations constantly changing how do your employees know what is expected of them and how they are
suppose to do their jobs unless you provide them with written work practices.
Take a look at several of our Safety course outlines.
Within the past few
years there have been significant changes in the National Electrical Safety Code (2012), National Electrical Code (2011),
NFPA 70E (2012), NFPA 70B (2010), and NFPA 79 (2012). Let Training Technology help you interpret these important consensus
industrial standards so that you can decide what is your best way to help all of your employees take home at the end of the
work day everything that they had brought into work at the beginning of their shift.
Needs & Skills Assessment
Technology can help you in assessing your training needs. Let us help you determine your greatest training deficiencies so
that you can get the most for your training dollar. We have many years of experience in helping companies make the right decisions.
We have also developed complete employee testing practices, both paper/pencil (computer) and hands-on, so that
you can really know who needs training and by comparing their skills to your needs you can determine what training your company
needs to provide.
We can look at the training needs for the following positions in your company: