Mo­tor rewind train­ing changes, Steve Hart

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - By Steve Hart

Train­ing for mo­tor win­ders is get­ting an over­haul with plans un­der­way to align the na­tional cer­tifi­cate of­fered by The Skills Or­gan­i­sa­tion ITO with that of the US-based Elec­tri­cal Ap­pa­ra­tus Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion (EASA).

The EASA is a trade or­gan­i­sa­tion that works with more than 1900 electro­mechan­i­cal sales and ser­vice firms in 62 coun­tries.

Kerry Pas­sau, di­rec­tor of South Auck­land Ar­ma­ture Win­ders, has been push­ing for the change since last year.

He says: “Only about 10 people a year typ­i­cally study for the mo­tor wind­ing course across the coun­try. It is such a small num­ber in such a spe­cialised trade, that it's just not an eco­nom­i­cal or vi­able op­tion for the poly­tech­nics to of­fer it.”

While the course is of­fered by the Open Polytech­nic and ETEC in Auck­land, Glenn Ni­chol­son of The Skills Or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der­stands the cur­rent cer­tifi­cate doesn't meet the needs of in­dus­try.

“The mo­tor wind­ing in­dus­try has told us the cur­rent train­ing scheme isn't pro­vid­ing people with the skills these com­pa­nies need,” says Glenn. “In ad­di­tion, the wind tur­bine in­dus­try also wants a say in the fu­ture train­ing of mo­tor win­ders, so the talks have widened.”

Kerry says dis­cus­sions with The Skills Or­gan­i­sa­tion are at an ad­vanced stage and hopes to see them com­pleted, and a re­vised qual­i­fi­ca­tion based on EASA's Votech (vo­ca­tional tech­ni­cal) course ma­te­rial, in­tro­duced be­fore the year-end.

The US course takes twoand-a-half years to com­plete and, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of it be­ing adopted, is al­ready be­ing used by six ap­pren­tices in New Zealand.

“Guys do­ing the Votech course now will come out with a dual [NZQA/EASA] qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” says Kerry. “You can use the US cer­tifi­cate in Europe, the States, Aus­tralia, South Africa.

“EASA pro­vides train­ing ma­te­ri­als that not only cover the rewind­ing side but me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, ma­chin­ing, AC and DC mo­tors – there's 10 vol­umes in all.”

Right now he is work­ing with The Skills Or­gan­i­sa­tion to cross ref­er­ence EASA's Votech course man­u­als with the unit stan­dards of the na­tional cer­tifi­cate in mo­tor rewind­ing and re­pair. “It is quite a de­tailed process, tak­ing all the man­u­als and cross­ref­er­enc­ing them,” he says. “We have made some good progress.”

Kerry says the move takes in­dus­try train­ing for­ward and shows the trade is tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for train­ing the people it needs with the skills businesses want.

“We are say­ing, look – we are the trade, we know what skill sets we want,” he says. “Some of the best guys I have had work­ing with me are di­a­bol­i­cal when it comes to writ­ing things down and pass­ing ex­ams. But when it comes to re­pair­ing some­thing they are bril­liant.

“I'd hate to see us ever get to the stage in this coun­try where we cre­ate a sys­tem where we stop a guy – who is bril­liant with his hands – from be­ing able to pat him­self on the back and say ‘I got that cer­tifi­cate'.”

Kerry says the mo­tor wind­ing in­dus­try is be­com­ing more spe­cialised.

“The mo­tors we do re­pair are very spe­cialised,” he says.

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