Bradford-based Thorite, the UK’s biggest independent distributor of fluid power products and process systems, is to hold a series of 3 day City & Guilds Certificated customer training courses on Mechatronics and Hydraulics throughout 2015, in its state of the art training facility the Thorite Academy. 
The Mechatronics courses, available in April and September, build on knowledge gained from the highly successful “Foundation in Pneumatics” courses that the Thorite Academy already offers its customers. The new courses are designed to provide a wider practical understanding of pneumatic system signalling and control, incorporating electrical devices and PLCs. They are specifically targeted at personnel involved in the design, installation, maintenance and servicing of automation systems containing pneumatic, electro-pneumatic and PLC equipment. On completion of the course each delegate will gain the City & Guilds certified 2262-01Introduction to Mechatronics Qualification Full. 
The Foundation in Modern Industrial Hydraulics courses will take place in May and October and are aimed at personnel involved with the design, assembly, maintenance, operation and servicing of hydraulic systems. The courses investigate the construction and operation of a range of hydraulic equipment, from fundamental principles to detailed examination of items including pressure valves, pumps, accumulators, pressure regulators, power packs and flow rates.
On completion delegates will gain the City & Guilds certified 2283-01Introduction to Hydraulics Qualification Full. 
Both the Mechatronics and Hydraulics courses will place a strong emphasis on safety and appropriate working practices, especially during the practical sessions. 
Speaking of the courses Alan Donkersley, Thorite’s sales director said: “I’m confident that providing the City & Guilds certificated Mechatronics and Hydraulics training will be very popular with our customers, and moves the qualifications offered by the Thorite Academy up to a new level. We already spend a lot of time analysing feedback from delegates on our existing pneumatics courses and we consistently enjoy a 90% overall assessment rating them as excellent. Thorite is proud to deliver “practical training for practical people” and the new courses will also provide underpinning knowledge which is very useful for personnel studying for NVQ qualifications.”