Cost-Effective, Convenient & Tailored
IDC Technologies workshop content can be tailored toward your specific plant, equipment and/or conditions. Our unique in-house service can save you up to 50% off the per-head cost of attending a public workshop.
One of our Senior Instructors can come to your venue anywhere in the world. It is affordable, effective, convenient and much easier than you may have thought.
Alternatively, why not try our In Company Online Training solution that allows employees situated in various locations around the world to attend high quality training delivered LIVE, ONLINE!
- Technical training tailored for your specific plant, equipment and/or conditions
- In-house services can save you up to 50% off the per-head training cost
- One of our Senior Instructors will travel to your venue anywhere in the world
- Affordable, effective and convenient
- Online on-site course available - company staff attend globally from their home, office or work site
Onsite Online: Versatile, Practical and Modern Training
Company employees, located in geographically remote regions, attend the same course, with the same instructor, at the same time.
This may seem illogical, but with the agility of modern technology and interactive webcast software, it is perfectly feasible, positively exciting and a fast-growing method of training.
IDC Technologies (in league with sister eLearning company; the Engineering Institute of Technology - EIT) trained a group of engineers and technicians, from a large oil and gas company, in offices based around the world, simultaneously - well almost! The learners were on worksites in Alaska, mainland US, Mexico, Trinidad, United Kingdom, Indonesia and in a couple of countries in the Middle East.
Our Training Manager, Kevin Baker, was approached by the client in Trinidad to run a Foundation Fieldbus course (one of the several mandatory courses within their program for new graduates). it seemed a simple request, a common request. One of our instructors, based in the region, would fly in and conduct the training on site, once dates were agreed upon.
But the matter became more complex. Their company intranet is obviously a vibrant and effective means of communication because news of the imminent course drew the attention of a range of employees. Those based in Trinidad were the target, but personnel in distant offices also put their hands up to attend.
The EIT has been providing online programs and qualifications for some years now so instead of a leap of imagination, a mere hop was required. The potential hurdles included how to allocate the eight hours of tuition, time zone differences and the practical applications of the content in a virtual classroom.
Traditionally the Foundation Fieldbus course is scheduled on a single day and is presented over eight hours. Even with live, interactive online learning, eight hours at a stretch is a big ask (it is difficult enough in a classroom!) It was decided, therefore, to schedule the course for four hours (with a short break after the first two), on two consecutive days. By all accounts this was perfectly achievable and also gave the participants time, over-night, to consolidate learnt material and the opportunity to return with questions the following day.
To facilitate delegate attendance, alongside their work commitments and discrepant time zones, the two day option was scheduled twice, with each two day course using slightly different four hour time-slots.
The final obstacle may seem insurmountable to people unfamiliar with modern, synchronous online education and yet it has presented us with the most inspiring and exciting challenge. Our company has always prided itself on practical, hands-on training, so with the advent of our online teaching methodology retaining access to practical applications was paramount. To this end the EIT has a significant and growing range of remote laboratories which students can use during their training sessions (or afterwards, to assist them with their assignment work). Simulation software has also proved itself enormously helpful when it comes to supporting content.
As an example click HERE to view a 60 second fieldbus video:
In conclusion, it is fair to say that this ad hoc training event proved itself hugely beneficial to the client and was eminently workable for us. A larger number of employees, at a significantly lower price were trained. Delegates did not need to leave their work desks and the instructor did not need to be flown to, or accommodated near, the company site. Furthermore, our lecturer’s place of residence was of no consequence; we were able to select our global leader, a Canadian, in this field of engineering. The delegates were also able to interact and discuss the topic with their colleagues based in offices around the world, ensuring that the subject was global in its breadth.
Virtual classroom training is a powerful form of education. It is an intelligent option for more remote clients who would like to stretch their training budgets, but also presents large companies with the exceptional opportunity to improve the skills of their geographically scattered employees with little disruption to them, but with unavoidable advantages.
Onsite Engineering Training
IDC Technologies has presented workshops on every continent (except Antarctica) and for most of the world’s largest companies and utilities, including:
In The Americas
Chevron, the Department of Energy, Exxon, General Motors, Guillevin Automation, Honeywell, Lockheed, Texas Instruments, NASA, Coca Cola.
BOC Gases, BBC Engineering, British Nuclear Fuels, Datel Rail Systems, ELF, Euro Tunnel, GEC, Glaxo, National Grid, Phillips, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Shell.
In Africa, Asia & The Pacific
Columbus Stainless, De Beers, Eskom, Hillside, Triangle Sugar, Nampower, Sasol, Alcoa, ANSTO, DSTO, BHP, British Aerospace, Carter Holt Harvey, Ericsson, Fisher & Paykel, Hewlett Packard, Methanex
What You Receive with our Onsite Engineering Training
All IDC Technologies instructors are chosen from among the finest exponents in their subject fields. They are all experienced, knowledgeable engineers with expertise in teaching techniques.
IDC Technologies has extensive experience and expertise in running technical training courses that are practical and relevant to industry needs. Workshop materials include comprehensive reference manuals, often with licensed commercial software.
Our workshops are all comprehensive hands-on learning experiences with ample time given to practical sessions and demonstrations. We communicate well to ensure that workshop content and timing match the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the participants. IDC Technologies is known as a premier provider of technical and engineering training in the world.
How Many Delegates are Required?
IDC Technologies has no absolut minimum attendance requirements for in-house or onsite presentations. Maximum numbers are generally dictated by the available facilities.
The cost advantages over external training can be dramatic, up to 50% cheaper for IDC Technologies to present in-house. Savings on course fees are just the beginning. Save on travel, time and accommodation costs. Eliminate the inconvenience of having your technicians and/or engineers away from the workplace.
Available anywhere anytime
IDC Technologies schedules workshops year round, around the world. In most cases we can accommodate your date selection. We understand the complexities of maintenance planning and shutdowns. We know the difficulties of getting your field engineers together. IDC Technologies wants to work with you for win-win results.
IDC Technologies can also arrange to train your staff on a live web link at times convenient to you. Our sister company, the Engineering Institute of Technology, has been successfully training engineers and technicians around the world via the use of the latest web-conferencing technologies. We make this resource available to our IDC Technologies clients as well.