Roxann Machac, CMA/Flodyne/Hydradyne
CMAFH has offered quality 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.
Instructor Jim Trinkle has 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. His experience allows him 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 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 send all of their hydraulic area employees through our classes! We have repeat customers attend the same class every few years as a refresher!
Is hydraulic training expensive?
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Proper training in industrial hydraulics is an investment that will save your company money – and we believe that anyone with hydraulic equipment will benefit from hydraulic training. Sometimes the benefits are immediate: our customers tell us after just a few weeks that our training saved them thousands of dollars!
CMAFH training provides exceptional value for two reasons: 1. we offer high quality, hands-on training 2. we offer the program as a value added benefit for our customers. We don’t open the classes to the public, we keep the classes small and invite our industrial manufacturing customer base. Our classes fill quickly because we have developed a reputation for educational excellence.
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 finding the time to schedule employees or themselves to come to training! No one should bear the burden of being the only one who can keep a plant running! If you want to enable quality improvements at your facility and create 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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