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CONSULTING

Training Technology can provide a skills assessment of your work force as well as a preliminary needs assessment. Our objective  evaluation can accurately determine skill deficiencies as well as provide the tools to overcome those deficiencies. An accurate skills assessment is very necessary when combining Electricians and Instrumentation personnel into one E&I shop.

If you already have in-house trainers, Training Technology can provide complete training materials for presentation by your trainers including hands-on training hardware and training manuals. Training Technology can provide complete qualification blocks for all electrical skills.  In addition, we have conducted many Train the Trainer courses for various companies and their SMEs.

Please see the descriptions of each of our consulting services below.

E&I Cross Training

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.
      
Three-Step Approach

We have found that the key to effective E&I cross training is the use of a three-step approach: 

  1. 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?
  2. Then you need to know how well each person can do those jobs. Is that person coming from either an instrumentation of electrician background?
  3. Then and only then can a training curriculum be prescribed.

Training Curriculum
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

Qualified Person
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. 

Electrical Work Practices
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.  

Safety Training Courses
Take a look at several of our Safety course outlines.
  
Standards Interpretation
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

Training 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:

  • Electrician
  • Instrumentation Mechanic
  • E&I Tech
  • Multi-craft doing "Minor" Electrical Maintenance
  • Operator "Fixes"


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