GE Transportation has developed a three-staged strategy to help customer employees learn efficiently and grow effectively.
The first stage of training is a defined set of eLearning courses that are available right here at Wabtec University. These courses are on-demand and can be taken, anytime, anywhere, and on any internet-connected device. They provide 3D graphical learning on components, instrumentation, flow paths, and maintenance processes for a standardized set of locomotive families. This creates the foundation of knowledge that is required for the next two stages of training. Users have unlimited course access based on an annual subscription model, and administrators can easily keep track of their staff through the easy-to-use Manager Dashboard.
The second stage of training consists of a series of hands-on classroom courses. We proudly consider this our most effective means of training, because it places a small set of students (usually 6 to 10) in a controlled environment with one of our highly-experienced Instructors where they can Learn by Doing. This provides an incredible amount of student-to-teacher interaction and makes these experts more accessible than ever before.
These courses usually contain a limited amount of actual classroom time, but then quickly move to our fully-equipped laboratories. Using training aids and mockups, students will get their first opportunity to Learn By Doing. The knowledge previously gained will now get a chance to be put into practice. Maintenance procedures, assembly and disassembly, tooling, torqueing, handling, and safety will all move from the theoretical to the functional. Differences between GE's standard locomotive families and the customer's fleet are introduced to narrow the focus directly to the customer's needs.
The final stage of training is the completion of formal On-the-Job Training (OJT) Qualification Cards. Our experts customize these Qual Cards to line up specifically with the customer's fleet. Students have the opportunity to practice these tasks while on-the-job. The customer's experts then evaluate each student in a one-on-one environment. This provides the appropriate interaction to ensure tasks are performed exactly as required by the customer's procedures and processes. Real-world functioning components are used to showcase abilities in performing maintenance procedures, assembly and disassembly, proper tooling and torqueing, and proper handling and safety. The final result reinforces the knowledge previously obtained and the practice previously gained, while, at the same time, cementing real-world applications.