Training and the In-House Overhaul Process (I-HOP)
PAL engineers have hundreds of years’ experience working on GE gas, steam and wind turbines.
During their GE days, PAL technical trainers wore many hats:
- senior field engineers
- area engineers
- managers of field services
- lead technical advisors
They trained over 1000 field engineers at the Field Engineering Development Center (FEDC) near Schenectady, NY.
- Dave Lucier managed the Field Engineering Program (FEP), as well as being a lead technical trainer in Fuel Regulator and Speedtronic™ control systems for six years.
- Other PAL engineers were lead training specialists on gas and steam turbine installations, maintenance and start-ups.
Chances are good that field engineers who have provided services for you in the past are graduates of the FEP during their tenure.
PAL engineers have taught over 200 on-site training schools and multi-client seminars in addition to our main responsibilities as turbine field engineers. PAL has also had the honor of being asked to be guest speakers to various User Groups, including: CTOTF, 7EA and 6B.
PAL training schools and seminars always include “real world” experiences of the instructors. Trouble-shooting exercises focus on specific problems that have occurred on your equipment or other power plants of similar design.
PAL offers seminars and on-site unit-specific gas, steam and wind turbine technical training.
For some courses, training can be taught in both English and Spanish or using simultaneous interpretation.
In 2002, PAL introduced a new concept called the In-House Overhaul Process (I-HOP). Clients order on-site training for their crew the week before a planned outage. The outage begins with PAL providing a plan using the critical path method (CPM) covering all of the expected activities, manpower and timing. PAL provides a technical advisor (TA) and mechanical assistant (MA) to cover the outage. The PAL team together with the trained crew provided by the client conduct the pre-planned outage. The COST $AVING$ will be significant! The added benefits include worker pride and knowledge that the job was accomplished in house and DONE RIGHT. PAL has accomplished the I-HOP method for clients in Sherrill and Batavia, NY; Springfield and Greenwood, MO; Portland, Oregon, and a major outage with I-HOP will soon be done in Philadelphia, PA.
For on-site schools Contact the PAL office to discuss your specific training needs.