C-Mar Offers New Training to Plug Hydraulics Skills Gap

A new training course launched by C-MAR Group will help improve maintenance and reduce costly downtime offshore. The providers of global marine and energy services have acted to address the acute shortage of skilled hydraulics engineers and technicians with a comprehensive training course in fault-finding and repairs of fluid power systems.

The Aberdeen headquartered Group, in conjunction with Tullos Training, have devised the four-day practical based learning programme for maintenance staff with a focus on providing a broad understanding and knowledge of fluid power systems.

With an emphasis on detection and swift resolution of hydraulics problems, the course will include tuition and practical sessions in fluid
contamination control, flow rates and adjustments, direction control valves as well as basic fluid power principles.

By the end of the course it is expected that trainees will be able to execute an array of key tasks including setting of relief valves, testing of
pump valves, adjustment of motion and direction control valves and fault finding within hydraulics systems.

The course will be delivered by Graeme Bain, a hydraulic engineer at C-MAR Group. With 25 years experience, Graeme has served on offshore platforms, drill ships, jackups and semisubmersibles. His extensive knowledge of offshore hydraulic equipment, includes ram rig systems, top drive machines and pipe handling machinery.

Andrew Macdonald, C-MAR Group's director of operations, said, "We are well placed within the industry to identify and address any skills
shortages that become apparent via client feedback and our recruitment service. Due to our continued commitment to providing highly trained personnel, with the maximum level of expertise, combined with our pro-active approach to achieving the best possible service for our clients, we have devised this course to reduce costly down time at oil and gas locations around the globe."

He continued, "We have tailored this program specifically to target maintenance staff who are directly involved in break down, repair and fault finding in hydraulic systems so that key members of the workforce can identify and rectify problems quickly, reducing the impact on a platform's productivity."

C-MAR Group provides a comprehensive service to the marine and energy sectors which includes marine operations, management and consultancy, recruitment services, subsea and electrical engineering, Dynamic Positioning training and consultancy.