New E-Learning Course Aims to Address Worldwide Shortage of Industrial and Commercial Combustion Engineers

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The lack of an independent training and qualification regime has stymied the burner manufacturing and service industry for years, but now the University of Salford and ACE Combustion Training have developed a new E-Learning training and qualification course for industrial and commercial combustion engineering that will bridge the long standing void.

The lack of an independent training and qualification regime has stymied the burner manufacturing and service industry for years

All engineering disciplines are important in the operation of a commercial or industrial facility. Companies either have in-house engineering staff, or employ contractors to attend to the plant in a breakdown or preventative maintenance situation. Engineering staff usually have a mechanical or electrical bias.

There are structural engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, mechanical handling engineers, lift engineers, telephone engineers, fabrication engineers; the list goes on and on.

There are recognised training routes for the vast majority of engineers with a qualification to show an understanding of the subject plus a certification of competence.

Taking all the engineering expertise into consideration, whether for an industrial or commercial building, the essential engineer to make sure it all works is the combustion engineer or burner commissioning engineer. Without the burner working, the building isn't heated, the water isn't hot, the bread doesn't get baked, the steel and aluminium components are not cast, the paint on the cars isn't dried, the paper isn't printed, the glass isn't formed and annealed and many more. The use of gas and oil for process and space heating is still the primary energy source in the current scheme of things, and will be for sometime to come.

The industrial and commercial combustion engineer is a combination of all the disciplines rolled into one. The skill base needs to include a diagnostic understanding of electrical circuitry mechanical processes, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, gas utilisation, the fan laws, building services engineering, combustion technology and process engineering.

The combustion engineer can usually produce evidence of a prior mechanical or electrical qualification, but he cannot undertake an independent training regime that has a recognised qualification at the end of it. That is up until now.

Michael Pollitt is the M.D of Advanced Combustion Engineering Limited and has been involved with burners in the space heating and process heating industry for over thirty years. He has recognised this inherent void in the industrial and commercial combustion engineering industry. "The lack of an independent training and qualification regime has stymied the burner manufacturing and service industry for years", he comments.

New blood isn't being attracted into the industry, and one of the reasons is that there is no formal training route to offer to recently graduated engineers or work based trained engineers.

The University of Salford and ACE Combustion Training have been in collaboration for three years to develop a training and qualification route for industrial and commercial combustion engineering. The establishment of a formal training scheme could also be the catalyst to attract school leavers into the industry eventually.

There are unique features about the course, which is delivered by E-Learning and contains all the essential elements that the burner commissioning engineer needs to be competent about his business.

There are short courses on the subject offered by manufacturers, but they naturally have a bias to promote their own products. This course is offered by the world respected University of Salford, and offers many unique features within the E-Learning package, including voiceover and virtual reality training.

In carrying out the marketing study for the course, a worldwide survey confirmed that it is not just the UK that is lacking in the training and qualification for this important engineering sector. No independent accredited organisation was found that could offer training and qualification for industrial and commercial combustion engineering. With the benefit of communication, and utilising the international business language of English, the course can be offered to a worldwide audience.

It is anticipated that the course and qualification will become a benchmark for the industry, which could make the University of Salford a centre of excellence throughout the world for industrial and commercial combustion engineers.

Further information can be found on the University of Salford Web site or by using the contact details on the Advanced Combustion Engineering Web site.

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