Is Your Maintenance Team Prepared?
As mentioned earlier, most equipment manufacturers are capable of providing quality training sessions for the aggregate producer. Many manufacturers offer several training options including manufacturer training seminars conducted in the manufacturer’s home city, regional training seminars conducted in a city near a high population of related equipment, and private training seminars conducted right at the aggregate producer’s job site.
However, there are oftentimes costs associated with these sessions. Tuition fees as well as transportation and lodging for either the trainer or trainee(s) are standard expenses. While these costs are substantial, most equipment manufacturers who provide training try to keep the costs as low as possible and often operate them on a break-even basis.
The costs, however, are likely to be a wise investment for aggregate producers. It has been well documented that effective training increases employee confidence, improves employee performance, and lowers employee turnover.
It has always been my personal feeling that if you can convince the right employee to attend a well-organized, well-orchestrated technical training seminar, the attendee’s employer will possess the ability to reap huge benefits. Potential benefits include the following:
Improved awareness and knowledge of the equipment;
Increased equipment online availability;
Decreased maintenance repair costs; and
Making little rocks out of big rocks can and should be simple, economical, and even fun, but if your organization is experiencing skyrocketing operating costs due to poor maintenance and operating practices, consider yourself a prime candidate for maintenance and operations training. During a period of time when profit margins are declining and competition is increasing, cost effective maintenance and operating practices become vital.
Mark Kennedy is a senior aftermarket training instructor for Metso Minerals Industries, Inc. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has worked in the field service department both domestically and internationally, gaining valuable hands-on experience.