November 16, 2015

“The key to troubleshooting industrial equipment lies beyond the process itself. A prerequisite to troubleshooting is the knowledge and understanding of the equipment. Knowing how the equipment functions, what each component installed on the equipment is, what the component does, how the component does what it should, and how the components interact are essential in applying any troubleshooting methodology or process.” (MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY, “Troubleshooting Skills Can Be Learned” by Randall Quick)

The ultimate test for instrument technicians, electricians and electronic technicians, as well as mechanics and millwrights will be their troubleshooting skills.

As an industrial skills trainer, the teaching of troubleshooting skills should be your number one priority. And that means it is vital that your trainees know how to develop logical thinking.

While most maintenance tasks in a plant are routine, knowing how to systematically think through a problem is essential to a plant’s operating efficiency.

Troubleshooting skills are best acquired through hands-on practice, as well as multi-sensory training programs that provide a degree of simulation — simulation that occurs when full-motion video and/or graphic animations are encountered in an interactive way.

Acquiring troubleshooting skills prepares the trainee for strategic thinking that can be applied to the analysis of problems in any industrial system.

And it is that ability to create a personal troubleshooting approach that will prove invaluable in any troubleshooting situation your maintenance trainees might encounter.

Developing logical thinking skills is the bottom line test of any good maintenance technician. Individuals with excellent logical thinking skills are worth their weight in gold to their employers because they keep their facility humming efficiently and reliably.

Hands-on practice and multi-sensory training, rooted in full-motion video and/or graphic animations, are the best ways to acquire and sharpen those most necessary skills!

More on Wednesday – – –

— Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning (Mondays & Wednesdays)


(This is a personal blog. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blog owner,, an independent consultant. They do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that the owner may or may not be associated with in a professional or personal capacity,)