Valve and pipefitting are key competencies across a wide range of sectors, ranging from plumbing to manufacturing. Leaks are dangerous in any industry, as water can damage buildings and cause structural problems, while chemical leaks can cause fires and other hazards.
The importance of proper pipefitting is, to a great extent, undermined by a skills gap taking place across the industry.
Skills gap clear among pipefitting specialists
According to a recent Contractor Magazine report, a Workforce Development Roundtable recently held in Washington, D.C., focused on the need to develop creative recruitment and training programs in the plumbing and pipefitting sectors to overcome the challenges facing the sector. In particular, there is a growing need to develop a consistent influx of skilled professionals in the sector. This issue is acute, as Tom Applegate, executive director of the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents and a member of the PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors, told attendees at the event that the sector will face a skilled worker shortage of 138,000 employees by 2020.
Carl Pinto, director of marketing for Bradford White, explained that the skills gap extends across the entire sector, even out to manufacturers.
“This workforce challenge extends well beyond p-h-c contractors,” Pinto told the news source. “There is a ripple effect on the industry, including the manufacturers and wholesalers who support p-h-c contractors. Bradford White needs professionals to install our products.”
Improved industrial training is critical for all stakeholders in the plumbing and pipefitting sectors, and intentional, creative professional development strategies are critical.
Using eLearning to meet your pipe fitting demands
Whether you are looking to develop a staff of skilled plumbers or training your maintenance teams to handle pipe and valve fitting processes as part of their daily routines, creating opportunities for training and professional development is critical. Elearning can make it easier for organizations to meet these needs by giving them intuitive, engaging training materials that are available online. This allows workers to take on training processes at the best times for them instead of trying to squeeze classroom activities into their schedule. Elearning can be particularly beneficial for tasks like pipefitting, as it is easy to integrate video, diagrams and similar content into the online course.