Continuing educational programs serve as the cornerstone of training workers on how to best maintain the integrity of any type pump system in both the industrial and commercial markets. By supplementing work experience and basic knowledge with continuing education, the workforce remains current on industry issues while working more efficiently and effectively.
As specific knowledge is required to sustain the different parameters of a pumping system, workers in the pump industry need a broad range of skills and in-depth understanding of new and emerging methodologies and regulations. A plethora of learning opportunities prevail in the industry aimed at providing specific skillsets in various venues. Here is a sampling of different educational tactics:
- Online certificate programs serve as a primary educational vehicle. These e-learning vehicles are developed primarily for universities, community colleges, trade schools and test beds (i.e. train-the-trainer programs).
- “Pull” educational strategies, tactics, and tools (i.e. adult learning with correlative relevance) rather than “push” documents provide greater understanding.
- Non-profit educational foundations serve as a valuable source to develop content for training materials disseminated on platforms popular among college students and the workforce.
- Utilize existing DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) resources such as Superior Energy Performance and plant benchmarking to develop a set of short courses and workshops focused on energy-reduction strategies for each plant.
- Drive training vertically through industrial and non-member trade organizations that support energy-intensive industries and higher reliability industries.
- Provide horizontally-focused educational programs through National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.
- Use DOE EERE Industrial Assessment Centers located in 24 universities to educate and evaluate small-to-medium enterprise energy programs.
Workforce development is more essential as ever as more professionals from the baby boomer era retire and younger professionals enter into the wide range of pumping industries. Different continuing education forums and training programs provide tremendous opportunities for the OEM pump community pump end-users and engineering consulting firms across North America to effect the adaptive changes necessary in their respective organizations.
Learn more about different training opportunities on pumping systems from the Hydraulic institute at pumps.org