Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) has developed the Stainless Steel Specialist Course, a 16 module training course that provides the industry with the underpinning knowledge required to meet the quality demands of architects, asset owners and end users.
Since the course was released in April 1999, the Stainless Steel Specialist Course has provided more than 1000 Australian students with specialist knowledge of stainless steel, its properties, performance and uses.
In 2006, ASSDA upgraded the specialist course into an interactive e-learning flash presentation with images, animations and video for faster, more rewarding training for fabricators, sales representatives, estimators and engineers - anyone working with stainless steel.
atlas specialty metals
ASSDA Major Sponsor, Atlas Specialty Metals recently enrolled more than 70 students in the new e-learning course. Mr Tony Hodges, an internal salesperson for the Melbourne branch, became the first stainless steel specialist to complete the new intermediate course.
However, two rapidly expanding Queensland ASSDA Accredited Fabricators are using the Stainless Steel Specialist Course in different ways to ensure their staff are trained and retained as quality stainless steel specialists.
Bridgeman Stainless Solutions
Mr Len Webb, Managing Director of Bridgeman Stainless Solutions uses the course as an incentive to encourage employees to advance their knowledge of stainless steel and as a shortlist for promoting motivated staff.
The company offered to enrol current employees in the Intermediate Course and those who completed and passed the course are recognised for their efforts in the form of a bonus.
So far, four of the seven tradesmen have now completed and passed the course, and as such have improved their overall knowledge of stainless steel and increased their understanding of the requirements for welding and fabrication. In turn, the tradesmen have all received bonuses in recognition of their participation.
rockpress (rocklea pressed metal)
Mr Dave Osborne, General Manager of Rockpress (Rocklea Pressed Metal) is impressed by the effect the increase in knowledge has had on the workshop floor.
At Rockpress, the course is compulsory for the majority of employees from second year apprentices to estimators and managers. In 2005, Mr Osborne enrolled 22 employees in the Full Certificate course. Two employees have already passed the course and nine people currently qualify for an Intermediate Certificate.
Many of the staff study the modules at the same time, resulting in many discussions about course topics at lunchtime. Improved knowledge of the various grades of stainless steel and correct welding practices has also meant that staff can understand enough to ask questions and can individually identify where potential failures can be prevented.