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Educating with PTUs

Craft-Training Program

Todd Lucey, general manager, Endress+Hauser

Rendela K. Wenzel, CMRP, associate senior consultant

Inc., Greenwood, IN, us.endress.com

engineer, Global Plant Engineering, Maintenance, and Reliability,

Endress+Hauser has 10 Process Training
Units (PTU) in various locations throughout
the U.S. The PTUs have more than 120 Endress+Hauser instruments installed to measure flow,
level, pressure, temperature-along with various analytical parameters.
Customers, students, and employees can use the PTUs for hands-on training, learning experiences, and field trips. Recently, Endress+Hauser began
providing educational training to military veterans at no cost.
We have also developed a Rotational Development Program for college
graduates who have recent degrees in STEM fields. Once accepted in the
program, graduates spend eight months training on all instrumentation
lines, which allows us to fill positions immediately, ensuring top-level customer support.
At our Greenwood, IN, headquarters, we host an annual Community
Career+Education Forum. The forum connects middle school students,
parents, and educators to raise awareness and provide information about
technical careers, opportunities, and the importance of STEM-related programs. Endress+Hauser and the supporting organizations remain engaged
annually to develop and guide the next generation of engineers and other
process-automation professionals to career opportunities in STEM fields.
The participating schools receive classroom grants, along with a wealth of
information about future career opportunities.

Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, lilly.com

At Lilly, we have developed
a strategic craft-training
program that takes 18
months to 2 years to
complete. As the older
workforce retires, we
have to be able to find
new talent and close the
gap. Management is supportive of this effort and Lilly will train
candidates and help them gain experience while they
attend school. The program is responsible for hiring
24 trainees, to date, and has made it possible to place
18 of them in full-time positions within Lilly maintenance groups. The remaining six trainees are still in
the initial stage of the program. The training also uses
basic maintenance programs provided by our tier-one
vendors. In 2016, there were more than 30 wellattended training classes focused on equipment used
at Lilly. Lilly wants the training to be relevant to what
the maintenance techs perform on a daily basis.

Power of E-Learning
Jason Tranter, CEO and founder, Mobius Institute, Bainbridge Island, WA, mobiusinstitute.com
In an ideal world, we could buy
instrumentation and software and the
reliability problem would be solved.
Sadly, reality says that reliability starts
with culture (the desire to maintain, monitor,
and operate with precision) and skill (the ability to maintain, monitor, and operate with precision). Effective training contributes greatly to culture and is essential to building the necessary knowledge
and skills. But common training mistakes include one-off training
events and one-size-fits-all training.
That is why e-learning and blended learning are so effective. In
standard classroom training, we get two to four days to transform

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student knowledge and skills. But that is never enough. It is too
steep a jump up the learning curve and it is too hard to remember
everything you were taught. By utilizing self-paced, highly animated/interactive e-learning, a person can prepare before a course and
go on learning long after the course. Pure e-learning can be geared
to a person's needs; the same topic can be covered at different levels
of detail. Best of all, training can be delivered to everyone, very costeffectively, exactly when the person needs it.
One final component of training is the ability to be recognized for
your knowledge and skills. Certification is a key ingredient as it not
only demonstrates that a person has achieved the desired level, it
also creates demand to be trained in the first place.
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