Practicing infrared thermography in the real world involves a whole lot more than knowing how to operate a thermal imager and some theory on how infrared energy behaves. While that is an essential part of our infrared training, we are heavily focused on real world challenges for thermographers. These include:
- how to perform an infrared inspection in accordance with a standard
- how to properly document that information in a credible and reliable way
- how to develop an infrared inspection program that delivers real benefits to the end user
- using equipment in hazardous locations or in close proximity to energised systems
- how to verify your infrared data with other tools or complimentary technology
- meeting regulatory requirements
- developing a written practice
- successful business modelling and how to quote
- legal issues, insurances and liabilities surrounding thermography
- how to properly sell your services or get recognition for your inspection program
- how to survive in a market place that is proliferated with low cost thermal imagers.
We don’t do field trips
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is whether we conduct field trips during our infrared training courses. The answer is an outright NO.
“Field trips and real world encounters are fun, but waste an awful lot of valuable classroom time.”
Real world environments are noisy, dirty and unsafe, making it hard to communicate properly to students. We teach a diversity of applications including electrical, mechanical, imaging of composites, and energy loss, and it’s impossible to service everyone’s area of interest in a single site visit. Furthermore, most students work in these environments every day and will have plenty of opportunity to test their skills after the course.