Crane service specialist Konecranes has set up a technician training centre in Sydney to provide its qualified technicians with industry-specific training on crane use, service, maintenance and inspections.

The new centre has a strong focus on efficiency, safety and operations and standards compliance. It complements the company’s existing operation in Perth, and covers technical, electrical, product-specific, maintenance, inverter and inspector training.

“A major advantage of our training centres is that not only does it refresh the knowledge the technicians have acquired at TAFE or college, but it provides them with training specific to industrial applications, and comprehensively prepares them for real-world tasks they’ll be performing,” says Martin Davies, National Technical Training Manager, Konecranes.

“The training programmes involve a mixture of theoretical and practical components, and give our technicians all the required skills to be OEM and standards compliant,” added Davies.

“We send just over 60 technicians through training each year and if they are newly hired by Konecranes, they are paired with a qualified ‘buddy’ at the end of their training so that they always have someone they can seek guidance from and report back to, as they transition into their new role,” he said

“Having two training centres means we can increase the number of qualified and trained technicians at Konecranes, and provides a more convenient option for those based on the east coast of Australia.”

The training centres feature the most advanced simulators from Konecranes’ head office in Finland, so that trainees can practice using cranes and associated equipment in a safe environment that mirrors real-world conditions.

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