HYDAC is revamping its fluid power technology training with online courses to meet overwhelming demand from individuals and industry.
HYDAC technical training manager Paul Marley points out that HYDAC’s online courses will leverage off a strong existing platform as the fluid power company’s training to date has been “specialised” and “well received”.
“Much of the training has also been nationally recognised and HYDAC to date is the only fluid power company in the country to extend training content to the virtual reality and augmented reality world,” Marley says.
“The reason why HYDAC is good at delivering this content is because we don’t just teach in an educational context in that most of our learners are not students but are already engineers and technicians with active roles in industry. These people all have a common need: to fill a gap in their knowledge because they don’t know enough. They feel their own skills’ gap.”
He points out that as a specialist trainer over the past 15 years he has often been confronted by the clear “thirst” for knowledge people experience because “they know they just don’t know enough”.
“Everybody has the right to training that enables them to be proficient in a role, understand what they’re doing, be comfortable with what they’re doing, and feel safe while doing it – and this type of training is in short supply when it comes to hydraulics skills. HYDAC aims to reduce this,” Marley says.
Aside from an individual perspective, Marley highlights that industry too demands that workers be current in their knowledge and competent in their skills and that they work safely.
Online will serve nationally recognised and industry recognised courses
Some of HYDAC’s training courses are nationally recognised while some are not.
“Some people advocate strongly for nationally recognised training as the most beneficial outcome and some don’t because they feel that it can become burdensome and too focused on educational outcomes as opposed to industry requirements, with the truth probably lying somewhere in the middle,” Marley says.
He explains that he came out of the 1980s and 1990s TAFE system, with much of the foundational knowledge he imparts arising from that system.
“HYDAC’s training doesn’t end there, with substantial focus on post-trade skills too. Even though people can be competent with their base skills and knowledge they often find themselves out of their depth and realise that they don’t know enough, and that’s particularly true with fluid power,” Marley says.
HYDAC is set to be at hand even more for these learners with its online courses currently in the pipeline.
“Once completed some of them will be nationally recognised and some of them will not be nationally recognised, as is the case already,” Mr Marley says. However, all of them will be HYDAC-certified, and with that comes meaning, purpose and international recognition,” Marley says.
Currently HYDAC has the following courses that meet “nationally recognised competencies”, namely basic hydraulics 1, maintain hydraulics 2, maintain hydraulics 3, and maintain hydraulic systems for electro-hydraulic control systems 5 whereas other courses on accumulators, coolers or filtration “have no national competency” and are therefore not nationally recognised.
Upcoming HYDAC training courses
Basic Hydraulics 1 course
Altona North, Melbourne: 20-23 September, 9-12 November
Bayswater, WA: 17-20 August, 28 September to 1 October, 7-10 December
Banyo, QLD: 20-23 July, 7-10 September, 16-19 November
Maintain Hydraulics 2 course
Altona North, Melbourne: 21-22 July, 28-30 September, 23-25 November
Bayswater, WA: 4-6 August, 23-25 August, 4-6 October, 13-15 December
Banyo, QLD: 13-15 September, 22-24 November
Maintain Hydraulics 3 course
Altona North, Melbourne: 26-28 July, 6-8 December
Bayswater, WA: 9-11 August, 8-10 September
Banyo, QLD: 1-3 December
Maintain Hydraulic Systems 4 course
Altona North, Melbourne: 18-20 October
Banyo, QLD: 6-8 October
Electro-hydraulic Control Systems 5 course
Altona North, Melbourne: 30 August to 2 September, 29 November to 2 December
Banyo, QLD: 11-14 October
For more information on HYDAC training courses please visit www.hydac.com.au/training.html