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Enerpac - first ECITB training provider in Mainland Europe

31 July, 2018

Hydraulic bolting tools manufacturer, Enerpac, reports that it is the first Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) approved training provider in mainland Europe for Mechanical Joint Integrity.

The company’s European training academy at Ede in The Netherlands meets and exceeds all ECITB requirements, and marks a step change in the company’s training, according to Eric Joon, Enerpac Training & After Sales Manager EMEA & India.

The ECITB Mechanical Joint Integrity training is an industry recognised series of courses, providing a method of training and validation of skills in the critical area of bolted pipework connections. Safety is the main driver to learn both theory and practice on hand torque, hydraulic torque tightening and hydraulic tensioning bolted connections.

Comprising both Work Based Task Assignments (WBTA) and Technical Tests, the Mechanical Joint Integrity training covers isolations, dismantling techniques, inspection of components, alignment techniques and clamp connectors as well as assembly and tightening techniques in specialist critical bolting. These short courses teach discrete, critical skills through approved training providers based on the ECITB Technical Training Standards and four Stage Mechanical Joint Integrity Training and Competency Model, providing a complete structured training programme.

Consultation with customers

“I was very impressed by the quality of Enerpac Ede’s training facilities/academy, which will be of significant benefit to Mechanical Joint Integrity course participants who use them and their employer”, said Jason Riley, ECITB’s international business development manager.

Enerpac chose the ECITB’s Mechanical Joint Integrity (MJI) competency training framework following consultation with customers. Joon commented: “In a number of countries Enerpac customers require their professionals to formalise their competency in Mechanical Joint Integrity through the ECITB framework. As a leading tools provider, it made sense to listen to our customers and offer a one-stop shop for both the tools and MJI (Bolting) tools competency training for their staff.”

The portfolio of trainings of the Enerpac Academies is constantly being worked on and coordinated on a global scale; classroom trainings with a strong hands-on element are being updated as products are renewed, or new products launched. Joon again, “The ECITB MJI will be the first training within a competency framework offered by Enerpac and is a valuable addition to these trainings – and e-learning for the Enerpac distributor sales staff is next on the agenda.”

Since accrediting the Enerpac Academy in Ede, Enerpac has received ECITB accreditation for Enerpac Singapore – and Enerpac Middle East will be audited shortly. These will form the backbone allowing two more training centres: Hosur in India will revert to the Middle East location or to Singapore; and Sydney in Australia, they will revert to Singapore for ECITB training. Competency training at Enerpac’s Columbus HQ is covered by a different organisation in the US.

Aside for the clear training benefits of ECITB accreditation, Joon points to the wider business context of offering accredited training programmes. “Enerpac is looking to expand its global bolting sales and so it makes good sense to be able to offer the ECITB MJI competency framework trainings to existing and new customers,” he said.

In addition, Enerpac is working closely with sister company Hydratight on the ECITB initiative. Hydratight has a successful and solid track record with the ECITB MJI competency framework training on a global scale and will provide the ECITB approved trainers for the MJI competency training series.

For more information on Enerpac training, contact Eric Joon, Enerpac training & after sales manager EMEA & India, on email: eric.joon@enerpac.com.


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