A team of six Canadian boilermaker training coordinators, drawn from five union training facilities across Canada, spent three days on an intensive bolting course at Hydratight’s Red Wing, Minnesota facility.
The course, led by Hydratight bolting training leader Brandon Olson, focused on bolting techniques, including detailed torque and tension methods, materials and safety procedures.
The six training coordinators, along with other training staff and representatives, enjoyed both theory and hands-on sessions in Red Wing’s training facility and were also given an introduction to Hydratight’s specialist machining and heat-treating services.
The course came about with the help of Hydratight Canadian agent The Pickford Group of Edmonton, whose sales manager Dave Oake recommended Hydratight.
“The union represents around 7,000 boilermakers employed by over 175 Canadian companies,” Dave explained. “Senior training staff wanted to add more rigorous bolting training for members, so I recommended Hydratight, because the company’s expertise is second to none.”
The sessions were the first of what are expected to be several visits by other training staff, and Hydratight (hydratight.com) is actively pursuing its usual partnership approach to customers by offering help in depth.
“As well as training, we are working with the unionto provide its online library with Hydratight videos, technical data and PowerPoint materials, all designed to help boilermakers gain a deeper understanding of what is in practice a complex engineering task,” said Brandon Olson.
“The better the knowledge passed on by these top-line trainers to their colleagues, the safer boilermakers and other workers will be in their day-to-day work, and we all want that.”
The union has also taken some practical help back over the border: several of the Canadian union training facilities have bought a set of Hydratight torque and tension tools for continuing training sessions.