AVK Technical Training Programmes

Designed for Engineers by Engineers – AVK’s bespoke, technical training programmes, tailored to suit customers needs.

AVK UK’s state of the art manufacturing facilities in Hyde, Chesterfield and Corby are the heart of robust valves and fittings production. Manufactured to both standard and individual customer specifications, hundreds of products leave these assembly lines each day, many of which benefit from some of the most advanced technology, complimented by the finest engineering expertise within the industry.

Through our years of experience, we continue to lead the field in engineering innovation and building a future pipeline of skills, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector, is a high priority for our business.

AVK UK prides itself on sharing this breadth of knowledge and know-how, not only with our own apprentices, but also with our customers’ apprentices and graduates and in doing so, we continue to contribute and support the next generation of engineers.

A recent example of this, AVK UK invited a group of graduates from a well-known utility company to attend a free 2-day technical training programme. One of the largest utility companies in the UK, servicing a population of nearly 7 million people over a large geographic area, which is no easy feat, this level of service requires an army of trained employees, of which engineers are a vital part.

Hosted by Stuart Montgomery (Water Projects Sales Manager), the key features and benefits of the 2-day programme (Designed for Engineers by Engineers) is to provide graduate engineers and apprentices with an exclusive look into the design and manufacturing process, from raw material to end product, in addition to product application.

The 2 days covered the entire process:

  1. Applications - understanding which products can be used and where and where NOT to use. Many AVK UK products overlap in terms of duty and so it’s the engineer’s job to decide which product is best suited to an application, be it pressure, operation, working envelope or duty.

  2. The Manufacturing process - many engineers unfortunately only get to see the product either on site or on a data sheet, therefore a factory tour is a key benefit in terms of providing an inside view of a valve and how these are manufactured from the raw material. Also gaining an understanding of AVK’s LEAN engineering processes and complex supply chain gives additional insight into the manufacturing process.

  3. Innovation - AVK UK continues to innovate and introduce new products to existing ranges and it is important for upcoming engineers to understand how innovation thrives in a collaborative environment.

Stuart explains ‘As business leaders, we have a shared responsibility with both the education system and our partners to build a talent pipeline of future employees and STEM capabilities are vital to the future of this industry.

AVK UK’s commitment to customers goes above and beyond the framework and our free courses demonstrate this. Our training sessions can be tailored to your requirements and held at any of the AVK offices across the UK, or, at your convenience, at your site. Any number of delegates can be catered for and training is suited to the various levels of experience and product knowledge – from new employees through to refresher courses for advanced engineers. At AVK UK we believe supporting engineers of the future is a shared responsibility.’

If you would like to arrange a training course please contact Stuart Montgomery.

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