Industrial Skills

Equipment and Tools

Equipment and Tools Courses

Industrial Skills

Duration: 0.45 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

The power to recognize and avoid injury is right at your fingertips. This course includes information on hand tools and power tools, including electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, liquid fuel, and powder-actuated power tools. Topics covered include general tool safety, maintenance, guards, best practices, and operating guidelines.

Learning Objectives

  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Tool safety
  • Tool maintenance
  • Tool do’s and do not’s
  • Operating guidelines

Duration: 0.25 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

This course covers micrometers and telescoping gauges. It also demonstrates how to read and use micrometers, dial indicators, digital calipers, thermometers, tachometers, and strobe RPM monitors.

Duration: 0.50 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

A number of projects, large and small, professional and amateur, require the use of basic tools, including clamps, saws, saw blades, and drills. Since these tools often come in a variety of styles, sizes, and purposes, knowing how to make the best choices is practical knowledge to have. This course will identify and describe the common types of clamps, saws, saw blades, and drills as well as safety guidelines for using them. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe common types of clamps
  • Describe how to use a spirit level
  • Identify and describe common types of pliers
  • Identify and describe types of saws
  • Describe drills, drill presses, drill bits, and reamers
  • Describe taps and dies
  • List safety precautions for using clamps, pliers, saws, drills, drill presses, reamers, and taps and dies

Duration: 0.25 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Devices that are used to connect two or more objects together mechanically, are called “fasteners.” There are countless types of mechanical fasteners, and each one is specifically designed for a particular application. This module will identify and describe screw types, identify and describe bolt types, and describe how to use a torque wrench.

Learning Objectives

  • Define screw, bolt, nut, washer, and torque wrench
  • Identify and describe screw types
  • Identify and describe bolt types
  • Describe fastener diameter, length, and thread count
  • Describe how to use a torque wrench
  • Describe why torque wrench extensions are used

Duration: 0.25 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Table saws are essential tools used to accurately cut lumber and sheet materials like plywood and particleboard. This course discusses the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw and safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw. It concludes by illustrating how to adjust the blade height and blade tilt, as well as how to square the blade and set the cut width. Understanding the table saw will allow you to use the saw properly and effectively, and will help prevent you or your co-workers from being seriously injured. 

Learning Objectives

  • Table saw components
  • Safety guidelines
  • Installing and adjusting a table saw blade
  • Squaring a table saw blade
  • Setting cut width

Duration: 0.25 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Table saws are essential tools used to accurately cut lumber and sheet materials like plywood and particleboard. This course discusses the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw, safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw, several different cut types that can be performed by a table saw, and the techniques used make those cuts. Understanding how the table saw operates will allow you to use it properly and effectively, and will help prevent you or your co-workers from being seriously injured. 

Learning Objectives

  • Table saw components
  • General table saw safety guidelines
  • Cut Types
  • Best safety practices while performing cuts

Duration: 0.50 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Wrenches and hammers are two of the most commonly used tools. From do-it-yourself weekend projects in the garage at home to large scale industrial construction, it is almost inevitable that wrenches and hammers of one kind or another will play a significant role. They are incredibly helpful, and make difficult jobs much easier and more efficient. This course will describe the different types of wrenches and hammers available as well as safe work practices for using them.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to choose the right tool for the job
  • Identify the safety measures to use with tools
  • Describe the best ways to transport, store, and maintain tools to keep them in optimum condition
  • Identify the overall purposes of wrenches and hammers
  • Differentiate between types of wrenches, including hand, open and box end, adjustable, socket, pipe, Allen, and torque
  • Differentiate between types of hammers, including claw, ball-peen, mallet, and sledges

Duration: 2.00 Hrs

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video, MobileReady

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the basic design and operation of forklifts. After completing this course, participants should be able to describe how forklifts can be classified and identify the major features and common working dimensions of a forklift. They should also be able to explain how to inspect a forklift, how to recharge or refuel a forklift, and how to operate a forklift safely.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe ways in which forklifts can be classified and identify the types of forklifts that are most appropriate for use in specific working conditions.
  • Identify the major features of most forklifts.
  • Describe the common working dimensions of a forklift.
  • Describe how to operate a typical forklift.
  • Describe general safety considerations associated with forklift operation.
  • Describe tasks that are performed during typical forklift startup and preventive inspections.
  • Describe basic procedures and safety precautions associated with recharging electric forklifts and refueling forklifts that have internal combustion engines.
  • Explain the basic principles of forklift stability and describe how they affect forklift operation.
  • Describe general guidelines for handling loads safely with a forklift.

Duration: 1.00 Hr

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Process facilities contain a number of process units, and each process unit consists of one or more process systems. These process systems are made up of many different types of components, including various types of process vessels. A process operator must be familiar with the functions and features of all the different types of process vessels. This course focuses on a general group of vessels that can be referred to as auxiliary vessels.

Learning Objectives

Topic I: The Process System

  • Identify the major parts of a process system
  • Define the terms primary vessel and auxiliary vessel
  • List three major functions of auxiliary vessels

Topic II: Storage Vessels

  • Describe common types of auxiliary vessels that store bulk solids
  • Describe general types of aboveground storage tanks that store bulk liquids
  • Describe a common type of auxiliary vessel that stores gases

Topic III: Mixing Vessels

  • Define the terms homogeneous mixture and heterogeneous mixture
  • Describe the basic parts and operation of a typical mixer
  • Describe the two main types of impellers used for mixing low-viscosity liquids and explain how the positioning of an impeller can affect mixing
  • Describe various types of impellers used for mixing high-viscosity liquids
  • Describe the operation of a high-speed mixer
  • Describe the operation of a jet mixer

Topic IV: Basic Separation Vessels

  • Define the following terms: density, backwashing, immiscible, and interface
  • Describe how the use of separation techniques in auxiliary vessels is different from the use of separation techniques in primary vessels
  • Describe the following types of auxiliary separation vessels: settling tanks, or separators; knockout drums; filters; and decanters

Topic V: Centrifuges and Cyclones

  • Describe the basic operation of a basket centrifuge
  • Describe the basic operation of a solid-bowl centrifuge
  • Describe the basic operation of a disc centrifuge
  • Describe the basic operation of a cyclone

Topic VI: Clarifiers, Absorbers, and Adsorbers

  • Describe the basic operation of a clarifier
  • Describe the basic operation of a scrubber or an absorber
  • Describe the basic operation of an adsorber

Topic VII: Strippers and Evaporators

  • Describe the basic operation of a stripper
  • Describe the basic operation of a continuous circulation evaporator

Topic VIII: Dryers

  • Describe the basic operation of a tray dryer, a pressure filter dryer, a drum dryer, a paddle-type dryer, and a double cone dryer
  • Describe the basic operation of a desiccant dryer

Duration: 1.00 Hr

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Hand tools are used every day in construction, manufacturing, and industrial settings as well as for do-it-yourself projects at home. Hand tools can make it safer and easier to do many different kinds of jobs. This course discusses the proper use and general care of a wide variety of hand tools.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain different types of hammers and their intended use.
  • Explain the intended use and how to properly use a wedge.
  • Explain the different types of punches, how to use them, and their intended use.

Duration: 1.00 Hr

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

Maintenance mechanics work with a variety of hand tools to perform many jobs, so it is important for mechanics to understand the function and care of common hand tools. Mechanics should know how to select the correct tool for any given job and how to use tools efficiently and safely. This course discusses the proper use and general care of pliers, vises, clamps and punches.

Learning Objectives

Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Identify what is meant by slip-joint pliers.
  • Explain how pliers increase a person’s mechanical advantage.
  • Show how slip-joint pliers can be used to grip both thin objects and relatively thick objects.
  • Explain the difference between lap-joint pliers and box-joint pliers.
  • List precautions to be followed when using slip-joint pliers. Specialized Pliers
  • Identify what is meant by locking pliers.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of locking pliers.
  • Identify what is meant by parallel jaw pliers.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of parallel jaw pliers.
  • Identify the difference between round-nose pliers and needle-nose pliers.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of round-nose pliers and needle-nose pliers.
  • List precautions to be followed when using locking pliers, parallel jaw pliers, round-nose pliers, and needle-nose pliers. Cutting Pliers and Snap-Ring Pliers
  • Define what is meant by cutting pliers.
  • Explain the differences in design and use of combination pliers, linemen’s (side-cutting) pliers, diagonal cutting pliers, and wire strippers.
  • List precautions to be followed when using cutting pliers.
  • Explain the function of snap-ring pliers.
  • Identify external snap-ring pliers, internal snap-ring pliers, and convertible snap-ring pliers

Vises and Clamps

  • Identify what is meant by a vise.
  • Indicate differences in design and use of the mechanic’s bench vise, the machinist’s bench vise, the bench and pipe vise, the drill press vise, the chain pipe vise, and the yoke pipe vise.
  • Describe what is meant by soft jaws.
  • Identify what is meant by a clamp.
  • Indicate differences in design and use of C-clamps, spring clamps, and welding table clamps.
  • List precautions to be followed when using vises and clamps.
  • Demonstrate proper procedures for cleaning and storing clamps and vises. Punches
  • Define what is meant by a punch.
  • Describe the design and use of prick punches, center punches, drift punches (drifts), pin punches, alignment punches, and hole (gasket) punches.
  • List safety precautions to be followed when using punches.
  • Describe proper care and storage procedures for punches.

Duration: 1.00 Hr

Course Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Capability: Audio, Video

This training program focuses on common types of portable and emergency equipment that are found in industrial facilities. Some types of portable equipment are used to periodically analyze conditions in a process or inside process equipment. Other types of portable equipment, such as pumps, have specialized roles that are determined by plant procedures and policies. Emergency equipment, such as respirators and fire fighting equipment, is used strictly during emergencies.

Learning Objectives

Topic 1: Oxygen Analyzers

  • Describe the purpose of an analyzer.
  • Explain how to calibrate and use a typical oxygen analyzer.

Topic II: Combustibles and Hazardous Gas Analyzers

  • Explain how to calibrate, set up, and interpret a reading from a combustible analyzer.
  • Explain how to set up and use a hazardous gas analyzer.

Topic III: pH, Temperature, and Vibration Analyzers

  • Explain how to calibrate and use a pH analyzer.
  • Explain how to calibrate and use a thermocouple thermometer.
  • Explain how to use a vibration meter.

Topic IV: Portable Process Equipment

  • Explain how to use a hand-operated drum pump.
  • Explain how to use an air-operated drum pump.
  • Explain the basic operations of a portable centrifuge.

Topic V: Respirators

  • Describe general conditions that require the use of respiratory protection.
  • Explain how a fit check is performed on a typical cartridge-type air purifying respirator and how a cartridge is selected.
  • Explain how a typical air-supplied respirator is put on.