McElroy has added two new classes to its McElroy University course lineup, officially completing the online curriculum for basic maintenance and run out on all manually operated fusion machines for use with polyethylene pipe.
These two new, online-only courses bring the class total up to 13, rounding out the first phase of the new maintenance training program announced at Infusion 2022.
One of the many exciting aspects of this new training program is that McElroy Channel Partner mechanics can be recognized with new maintenance credentials:
- Maintenance Technician
- Repair Technician
- Master Technician
Maintenance Technician and Repair Technician are further divided by product groupings small/manual PE machines and medium diameter hydraulic machines. Under the medium diameter classes are further divided into carriages, track/chassis, and more, providing mechanics an opportunity to pick learning paths most relevant to them, giving them the ability to promote their ‘specialties’ to their customers. Students will earn certificates of completion for each of the online courses they complete.
Once fully available, the new maintenance training program will cover the full spectrum of McElroy machines, including all small/manual polyethylene fusion machines and tooling, all hydraulically operated polyethylene fusion machines, and all polypropylene machines and tooling
In addition to the current selection of online courses and those currently in development, hands-on skills lab training will be coming soon for those interested in earning one of the new training credentials.
About the Newest Online Courses:
- Polygon™ Maintenance, Inspection, and Runout is an equipment maintenance training module. It instructs students in the inspection, general maintenance, and runout procedures for a Polygon fusion machine. The course first familiarizes the components of the Polygon machine, along with those components’ functions and purposes, and how to conduct routine and general maintenance.
The course concludes with a condensed version of the fusion process to instruct students on conducting a proper runout inspection before returning a machine to the field.
- SmartFab™ Maintenance, Inspection, and Runout instructs students in the inspection, general maintenance, and runout procedures for a SmartFab fusion machine. Students will familiarize themselves with the components of the machine and components’ purpose and function. They will then learn how to ensure those components are operational, and finally learn how to conduct routine or general maintenance.
The course concludes with instructions on calibrating a SmartFab and a condensed version of the fusion process to teach students how to conduct a proper runout inspection before returning a machine to the field for fusion operations.