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Chal­leng­ing but in­tensely in­ter­est­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing is how Tony Hard­cas­tle de­scribes Eurotec’s five-day Ther­mog­ra­phy Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course. And it should be chal­leng­ing be­cause in­frared is a se­ri­ous and nec­es­sary tool for many busi­nesses and al­though you may be well aware of how worth­while such a skill is, it is only when you mas­ter the art that you re­ally un­der­stand its ac­tual high value.

Hard­cas­tle, of Bal­lance Agri-Nu­tri­ents Ka­puni, said that af­ter many years of de­pend­ing on an In­fra-red con­trac­tor who was not al­ways avail­able and hav­ing their own sub­stan­dard IR tools, the com­pany de­cided to cre­ate an in-house In­fra-red ca­pa­bil­ity. “At­tend­ing a suit­able train­ing course was es­sen­tial and we took the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a course set up by Eurotec. We found this course very chal­leng­ing but in­tensely in­ter­est­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing. Through the week Wayne took us from a po­si­tion of re­al­is­ing our own ig­no­rance to be­ing able to man­age a high-tech IR cam­era with con­fi­dence. All three of us at­tend­ing were very im­pressed with the way he made us learn what was taught. Al­to­gether it was a valu­able and re­ward­ing week.”

The rea­son Bal­lance chose Eurotec was Wayne Rud­dock, whom Hard­cas­tle knew through VANZ. Rud­dock has been in­volved in In­frared Ther­mog­ra­phy and In­frared Ther­mo­graphic Train­ing since 1978. He is a sea­soned vet­eran of hands-on in­frared in­spec­tions, giv­ing him the abil­ity to teach real-life ther­mog­ra­phy, an abil­ity grate­fully recog­nised by an­other Eurotec ther­mog­ra­phy grad­u­ate, An­gus Fer­gu­son of Carter Holt Har­vey. “Wayne,” says Fer­gu­son, “has a way of de­liv­er­ing the book work and prac­ti­cal work along with his life ex­pe­ri­ences in ther­mog­ra­phy that keeps you in­ter­ested through­out the course. It doesn’t take long to re­alise that there is more to the art of ther­mog­ra­phy, and Eurotec did an out­stand­ing job of host­ing the course. I would highly rec­om­mend the course to any­one con­sid­er­ing Level 1 Ther­mog­ra­phy.” Eurotec also pro­vides Level 2 train­ing.

Rud­dock been con­duct­ing Level 1 and Level 2 train­ing cour­ses through­out the world since 1980. He was the Level 3 ther­mo­g­ra­pher and North Amer­i­can Di­rec­tor of train­ing for an es­tab­lished in­frared com­pany from 1990 – 1999, at which time he be­came the di­rec­tor of Ad­vanced In­frared Re­sources.

Rud­dock has writ­ten train­ing cur­ricu­lums for var­i­ous in­frared equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and has also been the chair­man of an ASNT (Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Non De­struc­tive Test­ing) in­frared com­mit­tee. He now presents un­bi­ased, cam­era in­de­pen­dent, Level 1 and Level 2 train­ing cour­ses through­out the world as well as specif­i­cally tailored in-house train­ing pro­grams.

The ma­te­rial in th­ese cour­ses gen­er­ally fol­lows the guide­lines set out in ASNT-TC-1A as well as ISO 18436. Rud­dock also presents a Level 3 pro­gramme im­ple­men­ta­tion and man­age­ment course fol­low­ing Ad­vanced In­frared Re­sources writ­ten pro­ce­dures and guide­lines. In th­ese cour­ses he com­bines au­dio, vis­ual, and ki­netic pre­sen­ta­tions to make learn­ing easy for in­di­vid­u­als from all back­grounds. The cour­ses in­clude lec­tures, demon­stra­tions and stu­dent work­shops.

Rud­dock has also been in­volved in au­dit­ing ex­ist­ing in­frared pro­grams as well as pro­vid­ing writ­ten pro­ce­dures and guide­lines for com­pa­nies wish­ing to set up a sus­tain­able in­frared pre­dic­tive main­te­nance pro­gramme. His knowl­edge of the ba­sics of RCM and the other 4 con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing dis­ci­plines gives him the abil­ity to help com­pa­nies be­gin the jour­ney to­wards a work­able as­set man­age­ment pro­gramme.

Cur­rently the chair­man of the Mex­i­can In­sti­tute of In­frared Ther­mog­ra­phy, Rud­dock is also in­volved in the Aus­tralian & New Zealand In­sti­tute of In­frared Ther­mog­ra­phy.

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