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As the technology of the industry continues to develop, there is often an urgency to transfer that technology from the developer to the end user. In order for the technology to be used properly and to its full potential, the end user needs tools such as documentation and training. Depending on the level of complexity, documentation alone is not enough, as users may be faced with volumes of technical information. Arguably, the best way to connect a user with his or her new technology is to offer hands-on, practical instruction. Such training requires a certain level of planning and effort when hosted within the same region. Taking the training on the road to other areas of the world presents extra logistical and cross-cultural challenges.
Recently, a new treatment monitoring system was introduced to the field in the USA, which required on-site training. When the same system was exported to operations in Russia, the logistics of personnel movement and busy work schedules demanded the training be hosted at a field base.
This paper discusses some of the considerations for planning and hosting a technical training course in an international location. Various topics are covered, from the logistics of getting equipment through foreign customs to the challenges of translating literature and presentations into another language. Based on the information in this paper, an instructor will be better able to plan and prepare a technical training course in a remote location. Details which are often overlooked and cause last minute crises are discussed, and priorities are assigned to certain tasks which require more time to plan for than others.
Dissemination of technical information is essential to the successful deployment of new technology. Whether it is in the form of technical specifications, maintenance guidelines, safety procedures, or operating instructions, the technology itself will not be used to its full potential without proper instructions for its use.
Depending on the complexity of the technology, and to what degree the technology will be completely new to the end users, varying levels of training may be required. Upgraded versions of existing technology normally require refresher courses or amendments to existing documentation and training. Outright replacements for aging technology or something new and groundbreaking calls for a similarly modern set of instructions.
Ideally, training centers would be dispersed through the region of operations, each outfitted with modern equipment, abundant resources, and the most advanced training programs available. Lacking the ability to replicate such facilities, they can at least be used as a model for de-centralized or remote training.
Even the most successful and professional training centers need to manage challenges such as keeping the classes full and ensuring the information given to students is valuable in making their jobs easier to perform. Course content must be kept up to date with the technology and the information must be accurate. Training classes should be offered as needed, accommodating periods of industry activity or inactivity when possible. Attendance must be enforced, discouraging no-shows or employees leaving early to return to duty, in order not to undermine the importance of the training to the company's success. A measure of successful training may come from daily or final testing, collecting student comments on feedback forms, or by realizing some improvement in day to day operational efficiency and productivity when those students return to work. These factors should be considered, regardless of the training location.
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