SYD train­ing cen­tre for Konecranes

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Konecranes is launch­ing a new state- of-the- art tech­ni­cian train­ing cen­tre in Sydney to pro­vide its qual­i­fied tech­ni­cians with in­dus­try- spe­cific train­ing on crane use, ser­vice, main­te­nance and in­spec­tions.

New Zealand tech­ni­cians will now mostly at­tend this cen­tre, how­ever there are mod­ules that will be cov­ered in Perth that will not be cov­ered in Sydney and vice versa. (It is also pos­si­ble for some train­ing to be de­liv­ered lo­cally at the branch by a trainer, an op­tion that has al­ready taken place at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in this coun­try.)

The new Sydney cen­tre, which has a strong fo­cus on ef­fi­ciency, safety and oper­a­tions and stan­dards com­pli­ance, com­ple­ments the ex­ist­ing cen­tre in Perth, and cov­ers tech­ni­cal, elec­tri­cal, prod­uct- spe­cific, main­te­nance, in­verter and in­spec­tor train­ing.

“A ma­jor ad­van­tage of our train­ing cen­tres is that not only does it re­fresh the knowl­edge the tech­ni­cians have ac­quired [dur­ing trade train­ing], but it pro­vides them with train­ing spe­cific to in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions, and com­pre­hen­sively pre­pares them for real- world tasks they’ll be per­form­ing,” says Martin Davies, National Tech­ni­cal Train­ing Man­ager, Konecranes, which has over 450,000 pieces of equip­ment world­wide cur­rently un­der ser­vice con­tract.

“The train­ing pro­grammes in­volve a mix­ture of the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal com­po­nents, and give our tech­ni­cians all the re­quired skills to be OEM and Stan­dards com­pli­ant,” said Davies.

“We send just over 60 tech­ni­cians through train­ing each year and if they are newly hired by Konecranes, they are paired with a qual­i­fied ‘ buddy’ at the end of their train­ing so that they al­ways have some­one they can seek guid­ance from and re­port back to, as they tran­si­tion into their new role,” he said.

The train­ing cen­tres fea­ture the most ad­vanced sim­u­la­tors, de­liv­ered straight from Konecranes head of­fice in Fin­land, so that trainees can prac­tice us­ing cranes and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment in a safe en­vi­ron­ment that mir­rors real- world con­di­tions.

“All train­ers have re­ceived a li­cence to train from what we call ‘Konecranes Univer­sity,’ and bud­dies have gone through ‘ buddy train­ing.’ The cour­ses fol­low a global mod­ule that fo­cuses on safety, pro­duc­tiv­ity and qual­ity,” ex­plains Davies. “We don’t just cover Konecranes equip­ment ei­ther – we pro­vide train­ing for cranes and equip­ment from other man­u­fac­tur­ers too. We’ve found that tech­ni­cians who have been through the train­ing cen­tres have a bet­ter knowl­edge of the prod­uct and are sub­se­quently able to per­form their job more pro­duc­tively and safely.”

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