Precision Maintenance > Essential Craft Skills Core Proficiencies

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Target Participants

The seminar is aimed towards participants with a mechanical craft background but production operators and engineers will find the seminar valuable and first line supervision is encouraged to attend to demonstrate advocacy and understanding for renewed essentials.




5 days of formal training for 15 participants.  Recommended class make-up is 10 crafts personnel and 5 from the other mentioned roles.


This preparatory course is designed to be primarily taught to craft technical apprentices and/or new hires. Those working with and having responsibility for asset reliability will find the class valuable to assist in skills application efforts. The principles taught provide a foundation for apprentices that will be used throughout their technical career. Application fo these learned principles and hands on techniques increase field skill levels, build personal confidence and develop pride in applied work.


This hands-on skills course begins with an understanding for reliability principles, machinery failure patterns and effective communication principles. This session teaches and applies fundamental field techniques such as: shop mathematics, the correct use of precision measurement tools, proper application and adjustment of threaded fasteners. Participants review how motors, pumps, fans, gearboxes, and power transmission products function and fail. Attendees are introduced to various common machine components including: bearings, seals, gaskets and lubricants. A short introduction to pneumatic and hydraulic fluid power systems is provided. A continued utilization of these core and fundamental practices will greatly enhance the probability of assets attaining their correct manufacturing life cycles. Finally, attendees who receive this practical field skills knowledge increase their effectiveness in the application of craft knowledge.

Processes Covered

  • Introduction to Reliability
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Field Math
  • Precision Measurement Tools
  • Fits and Tolerances
  • Threaded Fasteners
  • Lubrication and Bearings
  • Gaskets and Seals
  • Equipment Types
  • Machine Components
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