HYDAC, a certified regional training centre for Asia-Pacific, has a comprehensive range of training options available from standard programs through to fully customised and online solutions as well as virtual reality (VR) training.
“We’re aware of how fast the engineering sector is changing, not to mention the landscape in which engineering operates, particularly with the impact of Covid-19,” comments HYDAC National Sales and Marketing Manager Peter Agius.
“In this regard, our commitment remains steadfast to help mitigate the huge demand for engineering training through offering a quality service that encompasses much-needed intellectual and hands-on capabilities.”
“To offer a quality service necessitates us keeping up with new regulations and new technologies around e-mobility, cold plates, batteries, and hydrogen applications, to name a few.”
Mr Agius underscores that HYDAC’s involvement in state-of-the-art training is all-encompassing, including interest in how cyber-physical systems can be incorporated into learning and training through to hydraulic/electric simulation software available on the market such as apps for smartphones, among other methods.
University and industry partnerships required for market-based knowledge
Mr Agius points out that HYDAC works with educational institutions such as Swinburne University because it’s well aware of the crucial link between universities and industry for market-based training in the engineering sector.
Current training courses on offer span a complete portfolio from the basics of hydraulics to thermal optimisation, filtration, electronics, and predictive maintenance/Industry 4.0 to systems integration.
“Going forward, some of HYDAC’s courses will be nationally recognised while others will not,” he says.
Courses that meet nationally recognised competencies include Basic Hydraulics 1, Maintain Hydraulics 2, Maintain Hydraulics 3, and Maintain Hydraulic Systems for Electro-hydraulic Control Systems 5 whereas courses on accumulators, coolers, or filtration have no national competency and are therefore not nationally recognised.
“At this point HYDAC is taking a flexible approach to training and is keeping its ear to the ground to hear just what the market requires, knowing that not only students are in need of training but also experienced engineers and technicians,” Mr Agius says.
Recent addition of online to mix
The recent addition of online to the mix will be centred on hydraulic and electro-hydraulic technology, with the first course focused on hydro-pneumatic accumulators.
“We are committed to online and on-demand training, which we will also look at in terms of national recognition and national competencies,” Mr Agius says.
“In fact, we’re in the process of completing ‘Basic Hydraulics 1’ to be another of our frontline online courses.”
HYDAC anticipates that this course will be available within the next three months.
“Ultimately we have to cater to the requirement for training to be accessible anytime whether it be during the day, after-hours, or weekends and our inability to offer face-to-face training.”
Mr Agius says HYDAC approaches a lack of face-to-face engagement around online training “creatively” and “resourcefully”.
“It’s amazing how this mindset finds solutions. Just take VR and AR - technologies that can be creatively used as a resource for online engagement,” he says.
“And online of course has the backing of HYDAC’s strong training foundation to date, which constitutes substantial support.
“And in the not too distant future, we look forward to officially releasing AR training, where we will once again reveal our pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit as the only fluid power company to extend itself into VR/AR training.”
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