Friday, August 24, 2012

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling

Maintenance Planning and Scheduling ...

(Which course do I take?)

A customer inquired, which of the two Maintenance Planning and Scheduling course we offer should he purchase. So I thought i would share my opinion about the difference between the to here.

First of all and most obvious, one is the  Maintenance Planning and Scheduling training software ($249.95), the other other is the  Maintenance Planning and Scheduling 3 day course PowerPoint ($49.95). The training software version while 5 times more expensive because it is interactive software, works best for those seeking just the knowledge with questions on that material validate printing a certificate of completion. As the software version does not require learner to apply knowledge to earn certificate, it works best for those who do not yet have a Maintenance Planning and Scheduling position.

The 3 day course PowerPoint version with lessons is for those who are good self learners, self motivated seeking more detail and challenge while learning and practicing practical application of learned material. To earn a certificate with the PowerPoint Maintenance Planning and Scheduling course, the customer must complete the exerciser in their workplace and email to instructor for verification of applying Maintenance Planning and Scheduling course material in the real world.

My personal recommendation is the $49.95  Maintenance Planning and Scheduling 3 day course PowerPoint as it offers a much greater return on your training investment and is a much greater challenge. It should also be noted that both courses are by two different instructors. so if you could afford it and want to be the best at your job, i would recommend taking the software version 1st, followed by the PowerPoint version.

Hope this helps you all make a decision.
Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

STEM - Engineering Jobs Future

Engineering Jobs Future Looks Bright

According to Kelly's info graphic, the "E" in "STEM", the engineering jobs future looks bright up to 2020. (Click pic to see Kelly's full info-graphic PDF)

Engineering jobs future growth will be great stemming many secondary jobs

Career counselors and high school students should be looking at studies to see what future job opportunities look like before selecting college direction. And according to this one Industrial Engineering looks like a great selection. It makes since as engineers create new products and demand thus secondary job market growth.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)Be sure to to stay on top!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

2012 Global Valve Market

2012 global valve Market for Energy, Chemical and Mining...

Thanks to a post by my friend Anand Radhakrishnan over at VALVE SOLUTIONS, I realized how one part part of a system alone can be a very big market when looking at it globally.  Grant it, it can be physically a big part, .. and a big part as it relates to importance of industries like Oil and Gas, Power, Refining, Chemical, Wastewater (and Water industry too), Pulp and Paper, Iron and Steel, Pharmaceutical, Food and Mining industries.

For many of those industries, it can be a bottleneck too, like conveyors can. So the maintenance and support for valves should be big too. Even when not a bottleneck, maintenance and support are critical warranted just by the volume of valves per facility/system. Just like the frequency drive market.

The industrial valve market article Anand pointed to in provided the data we created the valve market chart above from, so you can visualize just how big the valve market is. Below is quote from their article, click here to read the whole article.

"The situation in the Americas mirrors that of Europe only with slightly higher numbers. US valve manufacturers are gaining a strong foothold in the power, pharmaceutical, chemical and other high-tech industries in Asia."

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NEW - You Can Be Maintenance Hero. Free Prizes

How to be chosen as the Real Maintenance Man/Woman: 

Sprayon® Products / Krylon® just started the "Industrial Real Men/Women of Maintenance Contest and it is awesome!!

Why? To promote our heroes behind the scenes who keep our facilities and machines up and running.

Nominate and vote for your maintenance man or maintenance woman today!
This contest they put together is amazing on so many levels, not just because they they are having  3 Grand Prizes: Eachconsisting of  $2,500 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shops and other gifts totaling $20k+ to each winner. It is also amazing because they are promoting and recognizing the often undervalues maintenance profession. As if that where not enough, they put together a genius marketing team with a  genius  website development team to build the awesome contest website above.

The more maintenance personnel you nominate, the wider the plant grows on the page above. you scroll through, when holding cursor over a darkened silhouette he/she glows. Click on him/her to see name and why they where nominated, and to vote. So just getting nominated give each maintenance person some recognition. Please share this news to help promote the maintenance profession and our industry's hero who where nominate. Vote while you are there too, nominate an unsung maintenance hero you know! Visit

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!