The AEMT (Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades) has produced a pair of complementary videos that explain the courses they run for those involved with equipment that operates in potentially explosive atmospheres. They provide information on who should attend the courses and what they cover in terms of theoretical and practical sessions.
Thomas Marks, Secretary of the AEMT explained that the videos should assist potential attendees to decide which courses are right for them. “We know that engineers and technicians are busy people who have to make the most of any time away from their normal place of work. By checking the videos on our website they can be sure of what they will learn from each course.”
The first video explains who the courses are aimed at. In fact, they are quite wide ranging and so will be valuable to anyone who is handling, installing and maintaining Ex equipment as well as to managers whose responsibilities include the use and support of such equipment. This will include personnel from service centres that handle Ex motors, pumps, gearboxes etc; including operatives, technicians and engineers, as well as supervisors and managers who need to understand the requirements being addressed by their technical colleagues.
By covering the theories involved in Ex engineering, delegates to Module 1 courses will become certain of the various legislative and practical requirements and can make sure their company procedures meet the appropriate national and international standards. Importantly it will enable them to review their record keeping, so that full traceability is created. This module will help them build an understanding of the different directives, standards and regulations that apply to their work.
Module 2 is a hands-on session where delegates get to see and work with Ex equipment, check different flame paths and practise the various calculations related to Ex engineering. “Importantly, we have delegates fill in several repair reports” said Marks. “This is good practise and helps highlight the fact that these are important legal documents.
On completing the assessments in Module 2, delegates will have passed the course on Ex equipment repair. After three years, due to the requirements of the repair standard, delegates are required to return to refresh their knowledge. Our module 3 refresher course (or 2R for courses outside the UK) is aimed at these individuals.