As we continue to review 2013, we are going to focus on Thompson Electric’s training program. Throughout the year, a variety of training programs are made available to our employees. These training programs cover a variety of different topics, from safety in the field to project manager training. The training program has become an essential and vital part of the Thompson Electric culture.
Let’s review some of the training that was provided in 2013.
Training classes for Forklift safety, Ladder safety, Fall Protection safety, Aerial Lift safety and OSHA 30 were provided to our Foreman, Journeyman, Apprentices, Construction Wireman and Installers. These training sessions were taught by our Corporate Safety Manager, Jeff Bennett.
In 2013, Thompson Electric started to introduce iPads to some of our field staff in lieu of laptop computers. The training on the new iPads was provided by Erin Stabile, Corporate Services and Aline Stevenson, Director of Project Management.
Project Manager’s received training in COINS (Job Status/Job Cost Information), Estimating Concepts, Purchase Order/Subcontractor Procedures, and a new program in 2013 was TPM (Thompson Production Management) and Task Tracker (Scheduling for field activities). Our new Project Managers also received training in PM 101 (processes and procedures for PM’s). This training was provided by Aline Stevenson, Director of Project Management.
Not all training is done by in house personnel. This past year we also had medium voltage training provided by Echo and 3M, Code Classes provided by Richard Moon of WIT Community College and training and certification for installation of fire stopping materials by Specialty Sealants.
As technology continues to advance and projects become more complex, Thompson Electric will continue to provide training to our employees for both safety and technology. In 2014, Thompson Electric will continue to provide the best training available, to keep our employees informed on new technologies and best practices, but also as a continuing reminder of job-site safety.