The Basic Industrial Worker program covers the common skills and knowledge sets applicable to all industries that must be mastered for successful job performance in operations and maintenance. This program focuses on entry-level skills and knowledge, presented within an industrial context necessary to achieve the requisite competency for further specialization.
Overview of Industrial Systems
- Overview of Industrial Facility Systems
This module provides an overview of industrial-scale systems, using comparisons to typical residential systems that are used in everyday life, as well as industrial standards and units of measure. These systems are used to provide examples and practical applications of the content presented in each subsequent subject area.
- Industrial Facility Safety
This module provides an overview of common industrial facility hazards and protective systems. Specific hazards covered include auditory hazards, high-pressure steam hazards, travelling crane collision hazards, chemical hazards, tool hazards, and hazards related to working in confined spaces. This module also discusses current and voltage dangers, explaining high- and low-voltage hazards, dry and wet conditions, the effects of current on the human body, and the areas of a facility where these hazards may be encountered. Finally, this module describes systems designed to protect both personnel and equipment.
- Fire Safety
This module introduces key elements related to fire safety. Topics covered include the properties of fires and their underlying causes, including the combustion triangle, common fire hazards, and types of fires common in an industrial environment. Additionally, the module provides an overview of the ways in which fires are extinguished, as well as the key elements of fire safety.
- Hazardous Communications
This module provides an overview of hazardous communication standards. The standards require chemical manufacturers and employers to communicate information to workers about the hazards of workplace chemicals or products. Topics covered include the proper labeling of hazards, the NFPA Diamond, material safety data sheets, and proper implementation of hazardous communication programs.
- Lockout Tagout
This module provides an overview of an OSHA compliant lockout/tagout program, including how to recognize the various locks and tags that may be used. In addition, the module introduces the responsibilities of the authorized team member in regards to a lockout/tagout program to prevent injuries to personnel during the servicing and maintenance of equipment from sources of stored energy.
- Electrical Safety
This module provides an overview of the knowledge necessary to protect personnel and equipment from electrical hazards. Topics covered include the effects of current on the human body and emergency actions that should be taken in the event of an electrical shock. This module also explains the importance of electrical safeguarding, including the use of personal protective equipment and how to ensure that electrical equipment is de-energized.
- Industrial Signage
This module provides an overview of the common signage found in an industrial facility. Topics covered include how to interpret common signs in an industrial facility, the color code for labels used to identify hazards, and the OSHA color code for floor markings.
- Personal Protective Equipment
This module discusses the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards. Topics covered include personal responsibilities regarding PPE, PPE that is commonly associated with industrial sites, and the proper care, use, and inspection of PPE. Finally, this module will explain the effects of using defective or incorrect PPE, including shock hazards, hardhat scenarios, and the risks of poorly rigged equipment falling on workers.
- First Aid I
This module provides guidance for effective responses and treatment related to external bleeding, burns, and nervous system injuries. Topics covered include OSHA compliant first aid kits and how an injured person should be evaluated. In addition, this module provides an overview of how to control external bleeding, the treatment of minor burns, and how to care for head, neck, and spinal injuries.
- First Aid II
This module provides an overview of basic first aid care. Topics covered include actions to take when poisoning is suspected or someone is choking. The module also explains how to perform CPR and the procedures for operating an AED device. Finally, this module describes how to identify the symptoms of a stroke.
- Benzene Awareness
This course will cover the awareness training of benzene and will answer questions such as: What is benzene? What are the health risks? Who is at risk for exposure? This course will also discuss the OSHA regulatory limits, personal protective equipment, and emergency procedures associated with benzene.
- Whole Numbers
This module provides an overview of mathematical functions using whole numbers. The topics in this module define whole numbers, natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers, as well as explain how they are used in an industrial setting. In addition, this module describes mathematical operations using whole numbers, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
This module provides an overview of mathematical functions using fractions. The topics in this module define fractions and explain how they are used in an industrial setting. This module also explains the individual terms that make up a fraction and how to reduce a fraction to its lowest terms. In addition, this module describes how to perform mathematical operations using fractions, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Decimals and Percentages
This module provides an overview of mathematical functions using decimals and percentages, including the definition of decimals and percentages and an explanation of how they are used in an industrial setting. This module also explains how to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.
- Exponents and Scientific Notation
This module introduces mathematical functions using exponents and scientific notation, including a discussion of exponents, factors, radicals, and square roots. This module also explains how to identify numbers written in scientific notation. In addition, the module describes how to perform mathematical operations using exponential numbers, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Fundamentals of Algebra I
The Algebra I module introduces the basic functions of algebra in an industrial setting. Topics covered in this module include basic algebraic terms, including constants, variables, coefficients, and expressions, as well as how to perform mathematical operations using algebraic expressions, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Fundamentals of Algebra II
This module builds upon Algebra I and explains algebraic equations and how they may be applied in an industrial setting. Topics covered in the Algebra II module include an overview of the four axioms used for solving algebraic expressions and the methods by which the axioms are used. In addition, this module explains how to solve an algebraic equation with unknown quantities and the relationship between ratios and proportions.
- Fundamentals of Geometry I
This module provides an introduction to basic geometry and its uses in the maintenance field. The topics included in this module include the types of angles and their measurements, common terms in plane geometry, and formulas for calculating the perimeter area of triangles, squares, and rectangles.
- Fundamentals of Geometry II
This module builds on Fundamentals of Geometry I to provide the knowledge and mathematical tools to understand circles and other geometric figures. Topics covered in this module include the common parts of a circle and how to calculate the circumference, as well as the formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes.
- Fundamentals of Trigonometry
This module explains the fundamental principles of trigonometry and its uses in the maintenance field. The module provides an overview of the Pythagorean Theorem, the sine, cosine, and tangent functions, and trigonometric identities.
- Scientific Calculator Use
This module introduces the basic functions of a scientific calculator. The topics in the module include how to perform basic mathematical operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as order of operations. The Scientific Calculator Use module also explains how to calculate percentages and square roots and how to enter numbers in scientific notations. In addition, this module describes how to use the trigonometric function of a scientific calculator.
- Fundamentals of Statistics I
This module provides an overview of statistics, which is the study of the collection, organization, and interpretation of data. The topics covered in this module include how to read tables and graphs, the difference between mean, median, and mode, and the normal distribution curve.
- Fundamentals of Statistics II
This module expands on Fundamentals of Statistics I to provide the tools necessary to understand more complex statistical operations and functions. The module provides an overview of standard deviation, how to analyze a distribution curve, the rules of probability, and industrial applications of statistical analysis.
- Introduction to Calculus
Calculus has widespread applications in science, engineering, and economics and can solve many problems for which algebra alone is insufficient. This module introduces the industrial uses of calculus, such as calculating production rate and rate of delivery, and covers topics including derivatives and integrals.
- Hand Tools I
The Hand Tools I module introduces some of the basic concepts related to hand tools and hand tool safety. This module provides an overview of the importance of hand tool safety and the basic functions and types of hammers, punches, prying tools, screwdrivers, and wrenches.
- Hand Tools II
Building on the Hand Tools I module, this module introduces the basic functions and types of additional hand tools. Topics covered include cutting tools, such as crosscut and rip saws, knives, cutting blades, files, and chisels, gripping and holding tools, such as pliers and clamps, and measuring tools.
- Power Tools
This module introduces the basic concepts related to power tools and power tool safety procedures and precautions, including the necessary knowledge to select the proper power tool for a given task and how to care for power tools and equipment.
- Preventive Maintenance
This module discusses the importance of preventive maintenance and how it aids in prolonging the life and increasing the reliability of equipment, instrumentation, and general facilities. This module provides an overview of the advantages and benefits of preventive maintenance, the difference between preventive and corrective maintenance, and computer maintenance management systems (CMMS).
- Predictive Maintenance
This module discusses the importance and implementation of a predictive maintenance program to predict possible component failure in order to reduce equipment breakdown. The module introduces the various tools and techniques used in a predictive maintenance program, including infrared, corona detection, vibration analysis, oil analysis, and trend analysis, as well as explains the benefits of thermography and vibration analysis.
- Basic Troubleshooting
This module provides an overview of basic troubleshooting concepts. The topics covered in this module include identifying troubleshooting resources, understanding normal system operations, and diagnosing a problem using the half-split method. In addition, the module introduces the components of a troubleshooting flowchart.
- Environmental Awareness
The Environmental Awareness module discusses the impact of environmental issues on industry. This module provides an overview of environmental, health, and safety regulations established by law, such as OSHA and EPA regulations; priority pollutants, such as noise, water, air, and hazardous waste; and actions to take to minimize pollution.
- Hazardous Materials
This module identifies common industrial hazardous materials as determined by regulating agencies such as the EPA and OSHA, describes the handling and disposal of hazardous materials, and introduces related safety precautions and regulations.
- Computer Use Basics
This module provides an overview of basic computer concepts. The topics covered in this module include basic computer components, file management and naming conventions, and networking concepts.
- Computers in Industry
This module introduces typical computer use in industry. The module provides an overview of both residential and industrial computer systems, equipment control and monitoring systems, and portable peripheral devices, including both those that interface with equipment or a process and those that are used for recording information.
- Print Reading Basics
This module discusses the basics of print reading. Topics covered common industrial prints, such as schematics, P&IDs, blueprints, block diagrams, and construction plans; the importance of blueprints and schematics; the proper use of legends; the purpose of title blocks and revisions; and block diagrams.
- Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
This module introduces the use of piping and instrumentation diagrams, as well as provides an explanation of how to read them. In addition, the module presents symbols, legends, and part lists that are used to read piping and instrumentation diagrams.
- Introduction to Chemistry
This module provides a basic introduction to chemistry. Topics covered in this module include fundamental concepts of chemistry, such as chemical symbols and the period table; mixtures, solutions, and compounds, including examples of mixtures found around the home as well as those used in industry; and the properties of chemicals. In addition, the module identifies methods of chemical analysis.
- Water Chemistry
The Water Chemistry module discusses the chemical properties of water as well as its use in plant operation and maintenance. The module provides an overview of the properties of water, including whether or not water is potable; the types, sources, and effects of impurities in water, including water treatment systems; methods used to obtain water samples; parameters monitored by the water monitoring station; and the principles of water treatment, including wastewater and boiler feedwater treatment.
- Applied Physics I - Work, Energy and Power
This module introduces the terms work, energy, and power and explains the difference between potential and kinetic energy. Topics covered include the relationship between work, energy, and power; the basic types of energy, including chemical, mechanical, nuclear, gravitational, radiant, thermal, motion, sound, and electrical; the difference between potential and kinetic energy; the principles of levers and inclined planes; the operation of simple machines, including levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, and inclined planes.
- Applied Physics II - Laws of Motion
This module explains the terms, characteristics, and basic concepts of various physical processes. Topics covered include English and System International (SI) metric units for mass, length, and derived units; the proper use of conversion tables; the definition of force, including gravitational force, electromagnetic force, nuclear force, normal force, friction, elasticity, deformation, and torque; mass; velocity; and acceleration. This module will also describe the laws of motion and the relationship between force, mass, velocity, and acceleration.
- Applied Physics III - Heat Transfer
This module explains the principles of heat transfer, which concerns the exchange of thermal energy from one medium to another. Topics covered include the difference between heat and temperature, including the package boiler, temperature gauge, and associated piping; how to perform temperature calculations based on the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales; specific heat, including the phase changes of water; and the three modes of heat transfer: convection, conduction, and radiant.
- Applied Physics IV - Fluid Mechanics
This module explains the principles of fluid mechanics, which deals with fluid flow — the natural science of fluids in motion. Harnessing the power of fluids, such as air, oil, and water, is fundamental to any industrial facility. Topics covered include the states of matter and how density is related to a state of matter; Pascal’s law for fluid power; the relationship between pressure, force, and area; and the relationship between fluid flow and the area of a pipe, including an explanation of Bernoulli’s equation.
- Applied Physics V - Ideal Gas Law
The Ideal Gas Law module continues to explain the principles of fluid dynamics. The topics covered in this module include the use of gases such as air, natural gas, and carbon dioxide in an industrial facility, as well as the Ideal Gas law and how to use it to calculate pressure changes.
- Applied Physics VI - Thermodynamics
This module introduces industrial applications of thermodynamics. Topics covered include the four laws of thermodynamics, including concepts such as thermal equilibrium, conservation of energy, entropy, and temperatures of absolute zero.
- Basic Rigging
In industry, the term "rigging" defines the process of moving heavy loads with ropes, hoists, and other types of specially designed tools. The term is also used to define the equipment used to lift the load. Rigging jobs consist of anything from routine lifting maneuvers to complex movements of heavy equipment and components. Regardless of the size of the job, the basic equipment and procedures are essentially the same.
- Bearing Fundamentals
All rotating equipment creates radial and axial forces during normal operation. These forces can lead to catastrophic failure of the equipment unless the proper support equipment and systems are used. The most critical is the selection of bearings and lubrication systems.
Introduction to Welding
- Introduction to Welding
This module will introduce you to welding and welding processes. Welding is a common process for joining metals using a large variety of applications. Welding occurs in several locations, from outdoors on rural farms and construction sites to inside factories and job shops. Welding processes are fairly simple to understand, and basic techniques can be learned quickly.
Principles of Lubrication
- Principles of Lubrication
When any two objects are in contact, at least one type of force is acting on the contact point, friction. Friction can cause wearing of material and generate heat. To minimize the effects of friction, a lubricant is used to partially separate the two objects.
- Basic Electricity
This module begins with the basic principles of electricity that every technician and electrician need to know. Building on these principles, technicians and electricians will be able to grasp more advanced topics and understand the principles of operation for specific equipment found on the job.
Overview of Water Treatment
- Overview of Water Treatment
- The water treatment system is a collection of subsystems used to produce makeup water at a sufficient quality and volume for boiler and cooling system operation at a facility. Water is brought into the system as wastewater from a local water treatment plant, filtered and treated to meet quality requirements used to support site makeup requirements, then returned to the water treatment facility.
The water first arrives into the raw water system as treated wastewater or grey water. The water is put through the clarification processes to remove suspended solids and increase clarity, and sent to the service water system.
Effective Written Communication
- Effective Written Communications
- Effective Communication, particularly through the written word, is tantamount to success in the modern workplace. Flawless communication helps build teams who share trust and respect. It also fosters learning and develops a forum for sharing ideas and reaching a common goal. By learning a few basic writing rules – and learning to use clear, concise language – you can become a more effective communicator.
Effecive Listening in the Workplace
- Effective Listening in the Workplace
- The most significant way to improve communication in the workplace is to recognize the importance of listening as the most valuable element of interpersonal communication skills, and make it an integral part of your team’s environment. Active listening goes well beyond the act of simply hearing. It is a technique which involves giving the speaker your undivided attention without interrupting, and observing their body language for non-verbal messages. This module is designed to teach you the basics of effective listening and solutions to common mistakes in the verbal communication process.
Introduction to Maintenance
- Introduction to Maintenance
- Whether a ship at sea, a car in your driveway or an 800 MW electrical generator at a power plant, all equipment is subjected to wear. Sometimes the wear is in the form of corrosion from exposure to chemicals or harsh atmospheric conditions. Sometimes it is due to friction or heat. Continued wear eventually results in failure of the equipment.
Equipment is designed to perform a specific function over a defined time period. Excessive wear reduces the lifespan causing early failures.
Whatever the cause, it is the inspection, repair, and replacement of components, known as maintenance that keeps the equipment running.
- Energy-Efficient Systems
- Energy-Efficient Systems discusses the benefits of implementing energy-efficient systems and examines the true costs of building green; taking into account operating costs, health benefits, comfort levels, environmental benefits, and the future value of properties, not just initial build costs.
Overview of Electrical Systems
- Overview of Electrical Systems
This course provides an overview of electrical systems and will identify the various facility power distribution systems and equipment, the safety of electrical equipment, working space around electric equipment, the identification of disconnecting means and circuits, and guarding live parts. This course will also cover how the power grid works and discuss power generation and power transmission.
- Boiler Systems
This course outlines boiler system terminology and components. This course also covers the purposes of boiler room valves and the types of data that can be found on the valve.
- Chemical Storage
This course gives an overview on the procedures of storing chemicals and storage time limits which will minimize accidents and increases life of the chemicals.