Customised Short Courses

Bolting

This two day course deals with bolted joint integrity education which is developed according to industry standards with the use of the ASME PCC-1 2013 standard. The course is MerSETA accredited and prepares individuals for work in industries, such as refineries, offshore rigs, power generation, heavy industry, mining and renewables.

The course includes a comprehensive reference manual, a Certificate of Competency, and ID badge (valid for three years) that is displayed on site. The Course is catered, so refreshments and lunch is served on both days.

Learning Objectives of ASME PCC 1

  • Gasket types and their limitations
  • Bolt types and their Limitations
  • Identification of correct joint components
  • Manual torque tightening
  • Hydraulic torque tightening
  • Bolt tensioning
  • Flange alignment
  • Importance of using specified lubricant
  • Techniques used for load control
  • Calibration and maintenance of bolt-tightening equipment
  • Inspection, reporting defect / faults and repairing a joint for closure
  • Gasket handling preparation and installation
  • Correct joint disassembly and assembly and safety procedures
  • Importance of joint-quality assurance procedures, certification and records

Hydraulics

Customized Hydraulics course delivered is in line with South African unit standards and aims to qualify learners to test and maintain basic hydraulic systems. This course is scoped at an NQF Level 3 and is over three days.

Specific outcomes include:

  • Read and interpret basic hydraulic circuit diagrams and related component symbols
  • Design and build basic hydraulic circuits
  • Circuits will include lifting, load-holding, motor circuits and double acting cylinder circuits
  • Understand Pascal’s Law and the relationship of pressure and flow to force and velocity
  • Identify and select hydraulic components
  • Test basic hydraulic circuits and record results
  • Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, machines, equipment, materials and the environment

The range of equipment included in the training comprises of actuators (cylinders and motors), pumps, reservoirs, pressure valves, flow valves, direction control valves, hoses, seals, connectors, instruments.

Composites Training

Composites training at SARETEC aims to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to inspect and repair damaged and worn composite components. We combine classroom-based learning with practical, hands-on training using the material taught on the formal Wind Turbine Service Technician qualifications.

No previous formal training or technical skills are required. All relevant information will be provided through easy-to-follow presentations. The course is not dependent on a specific access method, but one will need to be confident working at heights.

Selected important knowledge areas include:

Epoxy Processing & Repair

While some of the basic processing principles apply to both polyester and epoxy systems, epoxy processing is a specialised activity, and does require a different mind-set to ensure a quality product. The Epoxy Processing programs cover a variety of competencies required across various application sectors and will ensure a practical understanding of Epoxy processing enabling a learner to be confident in their ability.

Infusion level

Resin Infusion is a specialized and advanced composite manufacturing discipline. This program examines the principles, history and technique development of the vacuum moulding process. This program has a strong hands-on practical bias but also unpacks the pros and cons of infusion processing as well as its limitations

Blade Service & Repair Technician

This stand-alone program has been designed for responsible for performing structural repairs to composite wind turbine blades. This program specifically focuses on hands on instruction relating to the repair process, with a balance of theoretical learning related to the materials and processing techniques relative to the structure and the repair of blades. Areas covered include:

  • Wind turbine construction
  • Rotor blade inspection and surface repairs
  • Classifying and reporting damage
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Overview and practice of blade repair methods
  • Composite repair materials and tools
  • Understanding chemical curing processes
  • Adhesion and adhesive technologies
  • Introduction to advanced repair methods