Engineer training – easy or challenging? Part 1

First of all: congratulations with the successful search and selection of the new promising engineer joining your team.

Feeling sense of victory and being proud of yourself? No? Well you should be, because you have done a great job – we know exactly how much it takes to find one. Not everyone manages to meet high qualification standards expressed by engineer department manager along with CEO demands for a reasonable pay.

Ok, so let’s move on to the following step. So now you have a new employee: thrilled by a new given opportunity and sincerely willing to absorb all the information. So guess what, now you have a new challenge – to train and turn him into a good/ great/ ideal (how ambitious are you?) engineer. Basically you have two options:

A. Success – you will grow a highly motivated, enthusiastic, highly qualified and loyal engineer

OR

B. One more opportunity to test your search and selection skills – failed training process inevitably will lead to significant loss of motivation not only to learn but to work in your company as well. In addition to that, you can face expensive mistakes, dissatisfaction of clients and managers – probably you already understood perfectly the picture that we are trying to describe.

So, what to do to be sure you are heading to the option A? The answer is – plan, a smart engineer training plan. And what steps to include to this plan we will try to explain in this series of articles.

1. First of all, you have to consider the knowledge and skills that are necessary working in an engineer position in your company. Make a list. It might be detailed and horrifyingly long – this is how you won’t miss a thing. It might be useful to divide all the themes into categories. Give each theme a category that expresses the importance, for example:

  • Must have now – must have knowledge and skills from the day one;
  • Must have – must have knowledge and skills from the day one, but it might be learned later;
  • Nice to have – the knowledge and skills that might be learned later (at least approximately – how much later?).

In such a way you know exactly what to start with: must have now – first, then – must have, and finally – nice to have.

NOTE: We would recommend writing down every detail for your trainee to the slightest detail, especially if it is your first training plan. Write about the details like all the equipment that is being used in the department, where the certain tools are held, how to use them, how to leave them after using them. This might seem silly at first, but every company has its own order that is unknown for the newcomer. For instance, how easy is it to make yourself a cup of tea in somebody else home, when you don’t know where the cup, tea or sugar is? Right? So, such an expanded list will help you to avoid missing something significant for everyday engineer routine that might seem like an obvious thing for you. 

2. Second step. Before choosing the suitable training for your employee, take into account his/her qualification: skills and knowledge that already exist. This way we are pretty sure you will shorten the primary list.

3. Now, that you have a final list of subjects for your new engineer training, it is time to decide who will train your engineer. It does not have to be one person for the whole plan. It might be that through the whole training program the newcomer will have different trainers. However the most important things to consider before choosing a trainer are:

  • Certain trainers for the certain subjects. Not everyone has a right level of knowledge to train, and most importantly not everyone is capable to teach and to properly explain new information. So if you have a number of subjects that must be taught, be sure that one trainer is capable to deliver few topics, or choose different trainers. And if you think that someone from your company has enough knowledge to train a newcomer – be sure he has enough knowledge how to do that.
  • If you do choose someone from the company to deliver the training – do not forget to evaluate how comfortable he/she feels in your company. Dissatisfied with the company employee is very likely to pass or at least to reduce the newcomers enthusiasm and motivation.

NOTE: If you do not have any current employees capable to perform training, then we strongly recommend using the engineer lease service. Such service is being provided by the some companies in full flight simulator industry. Professionals qualified for both engineering and training will prepare your trainee for the job and will save a great amount of time that you would spend searching for the various trainers, and definitely save you additional expenses that otherwise could appear after the incorrect training performed by under-qualified trainers from your own company.

However, if you still decide to choose someone from your own employees to continue handling your engineer training, then stay tuned to the SimHelp news. In the next article we will talk of how to schedule and perform the training.


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