Understanding Industrial Equipment and Our Manufacturing Legacy

I'm Sandra Adams, a blogger and enthusiast of many eclectic targets, including pottery and industrial equipment and supplies. I've traced my family tree as far back as I can go and there is not one moment where my family hasn't been involved in manufacturing. My dad worked as a mechanic repairing industrial machinery and if it wasn't for me, he wouldn't have anyone to pass down his knowledge to. I've always wanted to know what my dad was up to, so I'd ask him what he did everyday. I've always been really curious and this has lead me to develop a really strong understanding of industrial equipment. My love for industrial equipment hasn't waned and now I feel like sharing this knowledge with others. I've created this blog for this exact purpose.

Balancing Steel Worker Trainee Needs On-Site


Steel working is a difficult job that requires a lot of skill and training. And you're in charge of integrating new trainees on your job site. While these trainees have received educational training in a classroom environment, they likely haven't had much on-site experience. Carefully balancing their on-site training skills ensures they safely and effectively integrate into your workplace environment.

Finding A Trainer-Trainee Ratio

Steel worker apprenticeship is vital because it helps give future workers "hands on" experience they can't get in any other way. However, you need to ensure that you have an adequate ratio between trainers (or journeymen) and trainees. While you can't have a 1-to-1 ratio (or nothing would get done), you should try to make sure that each trainee has a trusted journeyman that they can talk to on the job.

The exact ratio will vary depending on your needs: small-time jobs may be able to have a trainee-trainer ratio of 2-to-1, while larger companies may require 5- or even 10-to-1 ratios. A balanced ratio will ensure that your trainees have:

  • In-depth on-the-job training
  • Safety guidelines from skilled workers
  • Friendships and positive communication with skilled professionals
  • Quicker integration into the workplace

Sticking To OSHA Standards

Although on-site training helps your trainees learn the skills necessary to master their trade, it also puts them at a high safety risk. However, if you ingratiate them to the importance of following OSHA standards that apply to your site, you can keep them from getting injured. The full list of OSHA's requirements is dizzying, and includes:

  • Information on working in confined areas
  • Working on scaffolding
  • How to prevent falls
  • Handling steel-working tools

Once you have a solid group of trainees (say, 10-20), it's a good idea to hold a company-wide safety training session to help reemphasize these lessons. For example, your employees should understand scaffolding safety procedures, such as dealing with electrical hazards, properly using the scaffold controls, assembling the scaffolding, and much more.

Balancing Training And Work

Once your trainees are ready to work, you need to ensure you are balancing training and work to ensure that they know exactly what to do in any given situation. For example, a journeyman trainer should always show trainees how to perform an activity multiple times before letting them do it on their own.

The first time, he should break down the task into its appropriate steps slowly. For example, if he were showing them how to rivet steel, he should show them how to load the riveter, how to adjust its power, where to place the head, how to hold it steady, and how to activate it.

Then, he should perform the activity several times before walking them through the process one last time. This time, they move through the actions themselves and actually perform the activity when they're done. In this way, they are being trained and actively participating in work at the same time.

With this guideline, you can get your trainees ready to work in no time. That can help increase your company efficiency and get your jobs done more quickly and accurately. That will help keep your costs down, provide you with more business, and make you even more money.

For metal fabricators, contact a company such as PWC Fabrication Inc.


15 February 2016