What can you expect to learn in Essential Craft Skills (ECS 1)?

Although all craft technicians have a set of basic skills, all too often we have found that they have forgotten, never used, or were not taught

correct “precision” principles and techniques. 

Maintenance has typically been viewed from a

“remove and replace” or “get it going” perspective

and rarely includes; long term, lowest cost, highest

manufacturing reliability, profitability perspectives

and/or “repair and improve”.

The course covers essential mechanical skills
information,correct procedures, hand-on application with
performance measured review and practice. Participants
will be ready to apply and demonstrate; exact shaft/housing measurements, common assembly error reductions, typical case/pipe strain distortion corrections and precisely perform accurate machinery alignment. Attendees will be prepared to approach and retain improved asset balance quality and provide a “performance” field documentation that states as found as left conditions with the use of static and dynamic measurement tools to extend asset reliability. This initial module develops techniques and corrections for “common” machinery errors that may constitute as much as 70% of facility failures. 

Subjects (included but not limited to):


  • Introduction to Reliable Manufacturing®

  • Vibration as a “Precision” Tool

  • Correctly Fitting Housings and Shafts

  • Common Assembly Errors

  • Practical Field Lubrication

  • Precise Belt Alignment

  • Achieving Precision Shaft Alignment

  • Understanding Bearing Failure Types

  • Improving Balance Quality

  • Typical Machinery Errors


Target Participants:


All related mechanical craft technicians, first and second line supervision, planners, schedulers, maintenance work teams, operations/management/material coordinators, selected senior operators, and small project and large project managers.




Craft Personnel are expected to have a set of basic skills or ECS Field Prep. 




5 days of formal training 



Monday October 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM CDT


Friday October 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM CDT




  Northwestern State University 
  Williamson Hall / Room 122
  175 Sam Sibley Dr
  Natchitoches, LA 71497  


***Food/Drinks provided during breaks and lunch each day of training...

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