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How qualified is your engineer?

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Experienced Engineer logoCheap is not always cheerful – and nowhere more so than when you are entrusting the safe running of your capital equipment and production line to an under-qualified engineer.

At Simm, we place a high value on quality, from the state-of-the-art air compressors and vacuum pumps we supply to the standards we expect from our engineers.

Apprenticeships – why we support them
Our engineers generally follow an apprenticeship at some point in their careers, either at night school or with day release at college.

To ensure that we have a supply of qualified engineers to safeguard the future of the company, we support a number of apprentices every year who are working towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.

Apprenticeships are generally completed over four years, showing the dedication and hard work of the trainees and our commitment to upskilling our staff. Apprentices spend one day a week at college and the remainder of the time carrying out hands-on activities, from helping with servicing and breakdowns to pipefitting or repairs in the workshop.

They also have the option of gaining a qualification through the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), which “promotes the safe and effective use of Powered access equipment worldwide”, allowing them to drive and operate cherry pickers and other moving and lifting machinery.

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Highly trained staff
We have invested in a full-time Technical Trainer to offer continual training for our staff on product and procedures. We also welcome the extensive training provided by our suppliers. This kind of training ensures that our staff are familiar with new products and can help customers with the smooth running of their production lines.

Many of our staff join us with plenty of experience and training under their belts, whether from maintaining and repairing machinery in a factory environment, working as vacuum engineers in the food industry or operating as electrical engineers. They include one staff member who has worked at PPS for 25 years, as well as another who joined as a pipefitter but has since completed an apprenticeship and now specialises in the electrical side of compressed air engineering.

Key accreditations – and why they are important for our engineers
As a company, Simm Engineering holds SafeContractor and Bcas (British Compressed Air Society) accreditation.

Accreditations held by our engineers:

F-Gas
Any company that installs, services or repairs refrigerant dryers should have engineers who hold F-Gas accreditation (F-Gas stands for fluorinated greenhouse gases). Since 2009, it has been illegal for engineers without this accreditation to work on equipment containing F-Gas refrigerants, and since 2011, companies such as ours must be registered online on the F-Gas register. Regulation is enforced by the Environment Agency, an executive non-departmental public body, which is sponsored by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Safety Passport
The Safety Passport is a key accreditation for health and safety, run by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). Our engineers each follow a two-day course delivered by Kirkdale Industrial Training Services Ltd (KITS), based close to our head office, PPS in Brighouse.

Safety Pass Alliance
The Safety Pass Alliance (SPA) is an organisation that designs and implements training schemes for accredited training providers to deliver. Major food and drink manufacturers in particular often insist that engineers coming on site hold this accreditation.

Other training
Our engineers are also trained in areas such as fork lift truck operation and manual handling, for their own safety and that of others.

New product training
As new products are released, we ensure that our engineers are kept abreast of their features and benefits, so that they can in turn make recommendations to our customers.

The benefits of training
A trained engineer will have a better understanding of how your air compressors and other equipment work, which means that:

  • Expensive machinery will be handled with the appropriate care and attention
  • It should take less time to find and rectify faults
  • They will know when maintenance work needs carrying out, such as changing oil or filters
  • They can ensure that your machinery is working at optimum efficiency
  • They can recommend when you need to invest in new equipment
A picture of an engineer wearing a Simm Engineering Group polo shirt, planning work for the next pneumatics project

Who do our engineers train with?
All of our engineers have been on accredited courses with Atlas Copco, as we are an authorised distributor of their products. These are both general courses and individual courses on specialist or new products and the training is carried out here and at the Atlas Copco UK headquarters.

We also offer training on products from our other suppliers, who include AIRnet, Camozzi and Parker.

Conclusion
You can’t put a price on peace of mind – and trusting in Simm Engineering means that you will benefit from the knowledge, experience and training of our top engineers.

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