COURSE GUIDE, "THE LINK"
The Link is a easy-to-follow outline of learning activities designed to organize individual training modules for use in both instructor-lead and self-directed learning applications.
Using a simple outline format with identifying "action logos", the student is guided through a balanced blend of related learning activities (usually using a textbook), in-plant activities, hands-on exercises, review questions and optional elements such as corresponding videos.
This simplistic format allows the student to easily follow the activities in a meaningful sequence. A building-block approach is often used.
This same simplistic format can be adopted by instructors when using DAC devices in a instructor-led setting.
Every effort is made within each module, to minimize review of unnecessary theory and maximize the amount of hands-on activity.
HANDS-ON TRAINING HARDWARE
DAC Training aids are designed to provide a realistic "industrial-grade" learning experience. Each device is designed to be used in a variety of configurations and to support a broad range of exercises.
All devices have the "look" and "feel" of real equipment. Full-size industrial quality components are included. Their design is based on the input of our industrial training customers and our own experience relating to mechanical design, petrochemical plant design and industrial design.
Each device, while allowing for a range of related learning experiences, is task-specific. In this way several topics can be taught simultaneously and a complete program can be developed over time, according to your training priorities and budget.
In general, each device has been created with the objective of providing the student with enough realistic experience to be able perform effectively, immediately, in the field.
MAINTENANCE TRAINING MANUALS AND HANDBOOKS
The related (informational) component of our training system is most often provided through the economical, yet in-depth, maintenance training manuals and handbooks outlined elsewhere on this site.
Each manual addresses a range of related topics in one inexpensive book. These technically-rich, recently published, books eliminate the need and expense of more common single-topic training materials.
Most importantly the manuals, or identical smaller format handbooks, can be used as a convenient toolbox reference once training has been completed. In this way important terms, tables and technical data covered in training (and often forgotten) are always at the technician's fingertips when in the field.
All manuals include review questions, which form a part of the complete training experience.
Perhaps the most important element of the DAC training system are the exercises provided with each device. These exercises can be used, not only as a part of the Link-based training program, but as stand-alone exercises for use in courses developed by others.
Each exercise includes carefully written measurable performance objectives, lists of enabling competencies, prerequisite exercises, necessary components, necessary tools, as well as a goal-focused introductory discussion. A complete step-by-step sequence of activity is provided, including photographs of each primary step.
These exercises, in combination, give the student a complete, well-rounded experience in the applicable topic. Many exercises can be used as standard plant procedures for generic and equipment-specific tasks, if desired.
A single comprehensive and representative examination exercise is provided separately, should a performance-based test be desired. This exercise depends heavily on the objectives provided in each related training exercise.