Roxann Machac, CMA/Flodyne/Hydradyne
Think for a moment on the subject of hydraulic training. Does it conjure up images of stale textbooks or content so dull it could make an insomniac sleep peacefully? Do you believe that only inexperienced workers need hydraulic training? Do you expect hydraulic training to be expensive, and can you even spare an employee – or yourself – to be away from the job for four days?
Let’s go over these training notions and myths starting with some background info about our training program. CMAFH has offered hydraulic training to our customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Iowa for many years, but we have had the greatest success during the past ten years with our dedicated Bosch Rexroth training specialists, and we can’t say enough good things about them. Neither can our customers.
- “Jim makes difficult content easy to understand.” Chris F.
- “I can take what I have learned this week and apply it immediately to my job. I can already see that I am going to save my company a lot of money if we make these changes.” John S.
- “Jim taught me a different way to look at circuits. He helped me to better understand some components and cleaned up questions that I have had for awhile.” Mike D.
- Steve showed me what I was actually doing when I adjusted components. This instructor is very knowledgeable!!”
Our instructors have worked hands on with the equipment our customers use: hydraulic systems for stamping presses, machine tools, mobile hydraulic equipment, oil drilling equipment, plastic injection machines and more. Their experience allows them to present hydraulic concepts in a way that students relate to, bringing hydraulic theory to life using real world examples. The only “textbook” used is a notebook of Bosch Rexroth component diagrams, and the students also get daily lab exercise sheets that they work on at the test stands. Our hydraulic classes have never a dull moment – they are dynamic, hands-on, interesting and challenging!
Who needs hydraulic training?
People who are just starting out in hydraulics will benefit from hydraulic training, but you may be surprised to learn that even seasoned hydraulic veterans appreciate our Basic and Advanced Hydraulic classes! Those who manage hydraulic system improvement, system modification and/or system design tell us that there is always something new to learn or something that they have missed.
Better basic hydraulic knowledge helps you to improve machine efficiency and prevent machine breakdowns. Training is the key to understanding what your machines are doing and why. When a student goes back to work and his/her manager can see the improvements, they often cycle all of their hydraulic area employees through our classes! It is not unusual to see repeat customers attend the same class every few years as a refresher!
Is hydraulic training expensive?
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” We believe that Hydraulic training is
worth the cost if it is a good quality curriculum and class – and we believe that every one of our customers with hydraulic equipment would benefit from hydraulic training. Cost of training becomes less relevant when you consider this; many of our customers tell us that our training classes pay for themselves!
CMAFH training provides exceptional value for two reasons: we offer great quality training at a reduced cost. CMAFH classes fill quickly because we offer low cost training to our customers as a value-added benefit. We don’t open the classes up to the public, rather we keep the classes small and invite our industrial manufacturing customer base.
Many customers inquire about hosting a custom or private training at their facility or ours, and this is great way to get a lot of people trained at once on your own equipment. There isn’t a better way to train your group! One thing to be aware of, however, is that custom classes bear the full cost of a standard training event. To get a ballpark idea of that cost, take the tuition for a single attendee at a standard class and multiply that by 16. It may be more or less depending on travel expenses, length of training, test stand freight, custom curriculum planning etc.
The biggest problem with Hydraulic Training
The single biggest problem customers have with hydraulic training is not the cost, it’s finding the time to schedule employees or themselves to come to training! The following scenario is all too common:
Mike has heard a lot of good things about our program, and he is excited about taking training. In January, he gets approval and a PO and signs up for an upcoming Hydraulic training class that will be held in May. The Friday before the class, Mike suddenly realizes he is “too busy” to attend and calls regretfully to reschedule. We have had a few people repeatedly reschedule themselves right into the following year!
No one should bear the burden of being the only one who can keep a plant running! Everyone deserves time to invest in themselves. If you want to enable quality improvements at your facility and make yourself a more valuable employee, you will need to make the time for training.
Tactics that have worked: Try staggering attendees so that individuals attend different sessions and can cover for one another at work. Or you can wait until a traditionally slow time to schedule most of your training. No matter how you do it, training is an important part of the job and will contribute greatly to your success.
What NOT to look for in a training program
There are many sources of hydraulic training available from online courses, longer duration vocational courses to a myriad of short term classes provided by companies that you may have never heard of. A few red flags: A person who reads mainly from a book or a power point is not a reality-based instructor. An instructor who has never actually worked in hydraulics will not understand the problems that you may be experiencing. And an instructor who does not sincerely love what he or she does can not be counted on to give you the best possible training. Some of this you will not discover until you get into the class, so it’s always a good idea to ask for referrals.
The best thing about our training program
The best thing about CMAFH’s training program is that our students really do walk away with concrete knowledge that they can apply immediately. We see the sparkle in their eyes and hear the excitement in their voices – they can’t wait to get back and use what they have learned. In addition to the other products and services CMAFH provides to help our customers excel; our training program is also empowering people to be their best, and that’s something we are proud of.
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