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Accelerated Learning: a uniform broadly-based foundation for acquiring knowledge of high‑voltage engineering

Joulz Energy Solutions has various specialist units that work according to a matrix model geared to the supply chain. Secondary Engineering is one of those units.

Within the Secondary Engineering unit, we carry out work on a variety of different projects and we maintain and install numerous highly diverse high-voltage systems. This complexity is one of the reasons why the training of secondary engineers takes an average of 10 years. To share, increase and streamline the knowledge present in the company, it was decided in spring 2018 to launch a training path called Accelerated Learning. The rationale behind this step was very simple: because there was no basic training in the theory of high-voltage engineering, Joulz created its own course.

Increasing understanding and collaboration

Peter Voermans, Head of the Secondary Engineering specialist unit and Commissioning team leader, says: ‘In common with the rest of our organisation, the Secondary Engineering specialist unit possesses a lot of knowledge. One specialist knows a lot about X while another is completely familiar with Y. Not all of us use the same definitions. We created Accelerated Learning to ensure that we all have the same knowledge and use the same terms. A broader level of knowledge assures a better insight into the different components and their interrelationships. What’s more, this approach benefits mutual understanding and collaboration. After raising the level of knowledge, we will be able to carry out projects even more efficiently.’

Involving our own specialists

Accelerated Learning consists of theoretical and practical parts. Menting Energietechniek provides the theoretical part. Elements of the practical tasks are written by our own specialists from the Secondary Engineering unit. ‘As our own people actively contribute to the modules and to the practical tasks for Accelerated Learning, the large amount of valuable practical knowledge that is available is shared constructively. The involvement of the specialists has a very inspiring effect.’ After the summer holiday period, trainees will be introduced to practical modules developed in-house. A high-tech demo/exercise room is being set up especially for this purpose. It will be equipped with high-tech facilities. The first group of employees has already started the theory part of Accelerated Learning. They are mainly fitters and technical specialists. The course will also be attended by engineers and foremen at some time in the future.

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Published: 08 May 2018

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