Training: Frequently Asked Questions
Hydratight’s experience and expertise in the highly technical area of Bolted Joint Integrity is recognised as key to introducing industry standards and best practice, and we continue to be asked to contribute to various UK and international training accreditation drafts.
As International Fugitive Emission legislations are introduced, the impact of leakages from flanged bolted connections remain of primary importance.
To date over 12000 candidates, ranging from graduates to HSE Offshore Inspectors, from operators to pipe-fitters, have attended accredited and custom courses at Hydratight training facilities.
Detailed references are available upon request. These cover training provided to oil and gas facilities, both upstream and downstream; COMAH Sites; Pharmaceutical; Chemicals, etc.
Legislation, standards and guidelines have a major role to play, with Health and Safety issues arising daily with regard to leaking flanges/fugitive emissions/reportable incidents, and the request for training is generally driven by legislation.
Compare the skill requirements of a welder and that of a technician who has assembled and tightened the bolted connection. Legislation now recognises the skill levels need to be compatible, and there has to be a clear audit trail of competence within the Quality Management System.
Joint integrity has never received the focus it requires, Hydratight is championing the importance of a bolted connection to that of the welded connection and adoption of best practice, in ensuring a leak-free ‘right first time’ approach.
The majority of operators and contracting companies insist that all persons that are involved in the task of assembly and tightening of bolted connections have attended a structured and documented training course by an approved training provider.
The best candidates suited to assembling and tightening bolted connections are mechanically minded, such as mechanical fitters and pipe fitters, who tend to have a basic working knowledge of the principles and practice of piping/flanged systems, which provide a foundation for the course.
After completing training, candidates are awarded an Attendance Certificate. They can then maintain a log book of workplace activity relating to the course content and following further theory and practical assessments may be awarded a qualification certificate.
It ensures you adhere to legislation relative to providing the level of training expected in the safe use of high pressure hydraulic equipment.
Accredited training provides candidates with an understanding of the dynamics of bolts, gaskets and flanged joints, resultant pipe integrity problems are minimised and rework costs reduced.
Continual development of employees’ skills adds value to your company and also helps to make sure that the health and safety issues of the tasks expected of the employee are addressed well in advance.
It is sometimes believed that training employees is an expensive overhead, however in light of Health and Safety issues and legislation requirements, Hydratight would suggest that not offering training may be more expensive.
The current options include our regional training facilities, or at your premises.
Custom designed courses can be created to suit the client and the candidate, however best practice is always followed within any custom course and aligned with regional standards. Such courses are very popular as it is sometimes difficult to manage the logistics of shift patterns or manpower availability.
A workshop environment would be required, with an electric supply and a compressed air supply of 100psig/60scfm and a classroom facility.
Accredited Bolted Joint Integrity courses tend to follow a one, two or three day duration dependant on the units required. Exact durations of courses and content are provided within the additional training course links provided within our website.
On-site machining courses tend to be longer in duration due to the extensive hands on practical exposure required by the trainee to complete each machining task and to avoid just demonstration of the equipment.
Assessment/mentoring visits to clients’ facilities are also available, either onshore or offshore.
Hydratight remain flexible to meet our customers’ requirements, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.
- Hydratight approved:
- Bolted Joint Integrity
- On-site Machining
- Joint Integrity Assurance
- Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
- ECITB Mechanical Joint Integrity Units
- ECITB On-Site Machining Units
- Step Change in Safety
- Mechanical Joint Integrity Route to Competence Guidance
- ASME PCC-1-2013
- Appendix A – Training and Qualification of Bolted Joint Assembly Personnel
- EN 1591-4:2013
- Qualification of personnel competency in the assembly of the bolted connections of critical service pressurized systems
- Energy Institute
- Guidelines for the management of the integrity of bolted joint for pressurised systems
- American Petroleum Institute
- API Assembly & Tightening of Bolted Connections
- Hydratight approved:
Assessments are planned to cause the minimum of disruption to the normal working activities of the candidate. However, the assessment of candidates needs to be undertaken in a workplace situation, which can be on any site or platform. Assessment testing includes both a written/on line technical theory test followed by a practical simulated exercise. Testing is normally carried out between one and three months after training, or at a specific time subject to logistics and manpower availability.
Prior to assessment the trainee must demonstrate attendance of an approved training course, and provide documented workplace evidence to prove experience gained after training.
Note: For non-accredited qualification or assessment programmes the mandatory procedures below will be applied:
- Training via Hydratight only
- Recorded workplace experience using Hydratight documentation
- Employer/employee endorsement
- Technical theory testing/examination
- Practical assessment/examination
- 3 year renewal process
Hydratight has developed various packages and can offer a quotation to develop a CBT package for induction and awareness purposes to cover basic joint integrity activities.
After completion of training a “Certificate of Attendance “ is issued.
Note: Training certificates do not prove competence and should not be regarded as a Competence Certificate.
Competence is measured and verified after proven completion of the modules detailed below:
- Workplace experience and evidence documented via an approved Logbook process
- Technical Theory and Practical Testing
- Ongoing Assessment
Please refer to “Route to Competency” section for further detailed information.
General industry guidelines require training or assessment to be verified after a 3 year period has expired in order to address updates in regard to Health, Safety, Quality, Industry Standards, Guidelines and changes to procedures and equipment.
As with any training it is essential that the skills are used and practiced and regular assessment period is implemented by the employer.
Monitoring is recommended after six months if the skills are being used infrequently to monitor any issues and identify refresher training plans.
Class sizes are important due high hydraulic pressure and rotating equipment.
Typical maximum class sizes for manual torque courses are 8 trainees, hydraulic equipment 6 trainees and for On-Site Machining course 4 trainees. Class size restrictions are also dependent on the external awarding body and may differ across courses.
All of the above is dependent on logistics and is applicable to practical elements of the courses only. Where larger class sizes are required to cover shift patterns Hydratight can provide additional training instructors or supervisors to assist in the process and ensure safe working at all times.
As Hydratight is a designer and manufacturer of all such tightening equipment, training is generally delivered using Hydratight equipment as the preferred option.
However, as accredited training providers, Hydratight are authorised to provide such training with all equipment from different manufacturers and will also provide technical data to support the equipment being used.
Trainers have years of experience within the engineering field and have a wealth of knowledge in the safe use of such equipment. It would be expected however that the client could provide operation manuals, procedures, risk assessments, calibration certificates and a clear demonstration of maintenance being carried out on such a product prior to training commencing.
Hydratight has numerous training rigs, small portable units for on-site training, medium fixed units and large site simulation training modules all with dedicated equipment.
For ECITB and ASME training programs only approved training rigs can be used.
Hydratight can deliver clear training plans for all units and a technical training synopsis is provided within the downloads section for reference.
Please contact our Technical Competency Leader via the address below who will be only too pleased to discuss and quote for any training requirement you may have. Remember courses can be designed to suit your logistical requirements.
Training: Frequently Asked Questions
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