Training for instrumentation and control

June 11th, 2015, Published in Articles: EngineerIT


endress+hauser-june2015Endress+Hauser hosted a talk on “Training vs Learning” during the Africa Automation Fair which took place from 5 to 7 May 2015. The talk focused on new training models which are needed in the field of instrumentation and control, and speakers also urged employers in attendance to implement these new models. Dr. Holger Knau, who develops internal and external courses for the company, suggested a practical, participatory learning approach over passive methods that are commonly used. Passive teaching techniques (e.g. lectures, slide shows, demos, and readings) yield a low retention rate according to research, Dr. Knau explained. Participatory methods such as group discussions and practical exercises are far more effective when it comes to knowledge retention. Chris Gimson, the company’s training manager in South Africa, also showed how this training is implemented in practice, and demonstrated Endress+Hauser’s “Universal Training Rig”, a mobile measurement and instrumentation unit on which trainees can gain practical experience of different important instrumentation and measurement concepts.

Contact Hennie Blignaut, Endress+Hauser, 011 262-8000,

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