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Hydraulics Training Now Available from The Underwater Centre


The Underwater Centre Fort William Hydraulics TrainingTraining facility The Underwater Centre in Fort William has introduced a new hydraulics course which will provide candidates from a wide range of industries an introduction to fluid power systems.

Hydraulics are an essential component of many industrial applications in manual and automated plant, from forestry, agriculture and marine engineering, to complex robotic and mechatronic systems.

The Underwater Centre has developed the course to give candidates an introduction to the principles of fluid mechanics and provide hands-on experience using the Centre’s new training equipment.

The course deals with the concepts and practical application of oil-powered hydraulics within industry, typically encountered by technicians. Using a range of instructional techniques, candidates will gain experience of closed-loop and open-loop systems.

Throughout the three-day course, students will learn about core concepts including: fluid principles, hydraulic symbols and notation, pressure, flow and directional control, energy storage, basic electrical theory, hose management, pressure testing and fittings and fault-finding.

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director, said: ‘Although we have a lot of hydraulics expertise internally we have previously sent our own staff South to get anything like this level of nationally-recognised training. We think a wide range of companies in our region could benefit from it now being available in the Highlands. They can also save a lot of money by doing the training closer to home.

‘Hydraulics Level 1 is a three day course with hands-on practical exercises using top of the range training equipment.

‘Candidates will come away from this course with a solid grounding in hydraulics with experience which can be utilised across all industries.’

BSW Timber, which is based just outside of Fort William, sent three maintenance technicians to take part in the inaugural Hydraulics Level 1 course, helping to reduce the costs and time which would have previously been spent on a course south of the border.

Ewen Smith, Engineering Manager at BSW said ‘The feedback from the candidates we put on the course was very positive. The course was well run by knowledgeable instructors, using very up to date equipment. It’s great to be able to get good quality technical training on your doorstep and we plan to use The Underwater Centre in the future for our hydraulic training requirements.’

With highly effective trainers and top of the range hydraulic equipment The Underwater Centre is set up to provide its students with the training to help them  succeed in their chosen careers.

For more information about The Underwater Centre and the training courses available, contact 01397 703 786 or [email protected]


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