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Marine engineering company launches hydraulics training centre

31 May, 2023

Armada Engineering, a marine engineering company based in Falmouth in Cornwall, has launched the first training centre for hydraulics in the South West of England. The company has been approved as an accredited training centre by the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), the UK trade association for the fluid power industry.

The Armada Engineering Skills Academy has been developed in partnership with Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) and is a CMN Centre of Excellence, part-funded by the European Social Fund.

Armada Engineering specialises in advanced engineering and hydraulics for the marine industry. In addition to its head office in Falmouth, it has an engineering centre in Barcelona in Spain to service superyachts in the Mediterranean.

Managing Director Joff Collins commented: “There is a skills shortage in engineering across the UK and we want to help boost engineering skills in the South West. This will help enable the region to cement a position at the forefront of marine technology, an area where we already excel.”

Joff Collins continues: “Our new training centre in Falmouth is the only place in the South West to offer this accredited foundation course in hydraulics. Up until now, people would have needed to travel a significant distance for equivalent training. “We are proud that it will be one of the first employer-led training centres as part of CMN’s Centres for Excellence Programme.”

Paul Wickes, Chief Executive of Cornwall Marine Network highlighted: “Hydraulics is a vital skill for marine engineering and wider engineering applications such as wind turbines. We are delighted to see Armada launching this new BFPA training centre in Cornwall. This makes hydraulics training more accessible for people and companies wanting to develop. Unlike most other industries, the hydraulic industry has no minimum qualification requirements. So, the purpose of the course and BFPA qualification is to establish an industry standard for training. This will ultimately increase knowledge and safety, enabling the full potential of this vital technology to be realised.”

Collins added: “Hydraulics has an incredibly exciting future as new applications are found at the cutting edge of innovation. At Armada Engineering, we constantly pioneer innovative designs which expand the boundaries of what can be achieved with hydraulic engineering.” He concluded: “In Cornwall and the South West, we are entering a new era of innovation in marine technology and hydraulics. At Armada, we are planning to continue to expand our training centre in partnership with CMN, with a range of new courses, including a follow-on level in hydraulics and a new apprenticeship programme. We are committed to building engineering skills in the region, so that the South West of England can continue to build its reputation as a world leader in marine technology.”


About the new Armada Engineering Foundation Course in Hydraulics The 3-day course will be run monthly throughout 2023 and twice monthly from 2024. The course covers all essential foundation subjects, including the basic principles of hydrostatics, the major components of a hydraulic system, hydraulic fluid properties, filtration, maintenance, testing and Health and Safety. The course is split between classroom learning and practical exercises completed on a hydraulic training rig. The course will take place at the Armada Engineering premises in Falmouth, Cornwall. It is approved by the BFPA. The cost is £880 +VAT, which includes the fee for BFPA registration. Discounts are available through Cornwall Marine Network. Discounts are 40% for Cornwall Marine Network members and 30% for non-members. To apply for the course, email enquiries@armadaglobal.co.uk





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