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Carbon Nexus, has launched its first flexible training package for carbon fibre plant operators, maintenance technicians and process engineers.

Two-week intensive packages are on offer for Grade One Operators throughout 2015. This training will equip participants to be production ready and able to safely operate equipment on commercial grade multi-tow (pilot) and single tow lines.

Backed by ten years of carbon fibre and composite research, Carbon Nexus is fully aligned with the needs of the global carbon fibre industry. Its tailored training courses aim to meet the requirements of current and future carbon fibre manufacturers, internal and external staff and a wide spectrum of industry-related professionals. Training is provided at all levels, from operator to in-house trainer; research, engineer and management levels.

The Operators Training Package provides an introduction to carbon fibre, covering process steps in production, fibre skills and industrial health, safety and environmental issues. Focussing on both practical and theoretical line operations, it will also cover maintenance, fibre analysis, procedural and regulatory requirements.

Located at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus (near Melbourne, Australia), Carbon Nexus will offer open access to ‘hands-on’ training, overseen by experienced production staff.

As well as having access to the Carbon Nexus carbon fibre processing lines, training will be provided within high-tech research and analysis laboratories by a team of outstanding researchers, who are dedicated to achieving the production of quality carbon fibre – with a focus on reduced production costs and safe, fast manufacturing processes.

Carbon Nexus operator training will:

  • Produce highly skilled operational staff.
  • Provide ongoing support for trainees.
  • Offer a package of education resources.
  • Minimise risk for manufacturers.
  • Eliminate plant down time required for training, thus reducing training costs and enabling unhindered production.
  • Accelerate skilling time.
  • Equip staff to react safely to faults and other incidents.
  • Eliminate the need for in-house supervisors to conduct operational training.
  • Provide flexible and customised training.
  • Allow for the use of manufacturers’ own precursors, if required.

A door-to-door service is a feature of Carbon Nexus training. Transport to and from the Melbourne Airport can be arranged and a residential package, with accommodation provided on-site, is available.

Training Directed by Steve Atkiss, Carbon Nexus General Manager

Renowned carbon fibre expert, Steve Atkiss, leads the Carbon Nexus training programs. Steve is General Manager of Carbon Nexus and brings a unique skill set to the facility. His vast carbon fibre background ranges from engineering and operational experience, to research and development, to full-scale commercial carbon fibre processing.

Steve spent over 10 years with the SGL Carbon Group, where he held positions as Maintenance Manager, Engineering Manager, Production Manager and Commissioning Manager. He built on this experience with several years as chief design expert for carbon fibre production line equipment and processing with the global carbon fibre manufacturer, Despatch Industries.

Throughout his career, Steve has worked on multiple projects with most of the current top 10 carbon fibre manufacturers.

He has worked with numerous regular and advanced ‘under development’ precursors, research and development process trials, and exercises in production optimisation.

For more information about the Operators Training Package dial +61 3 522 73369 to speak with our training co-ordinator.

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Carbon Nexus is a purpose-built research facility designed to accommodate the diverse needs of international manufacturing organisations that require the cost-effective resolution of carbon fibre-related projects.

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