But it’s not all about discussion or X’s and O’s; in fact, Holmes described the class as being about 40 percent hands-on. A significant amount of the teaching happens in George E. Booth Co., Inc.’s classroom space, but those in attendance are also able to spend plenty of time putting the course material into tangible action.
On George E. Booth Co., Inc.’s state-of-the-art Process Training Unit, Holmes and the course’s students had the opportunity to go through the process from start to finish with both on/off and control valves and see firsthand the ins and outs of valve setup, tear-down and repair.
“We pull the pieces apart, they can see how to repair them, we put them back together,” Holmes said. “There’s a few different brands, so they can see the differences in the design of each of the valves.”
Wednesday and Thursday were just the start of a laundry list of informative courses schedule set to take place at George E. Booth Co., Inc’s Romeoville location, including another three iterations of the Valves 101 and 201 classes currently planned for May, August and December.
“We want everybody to be as trained and as ready as possible,” Holmes said. “Proper training is the most important thing for your long-term success in any role. If you’re trained, the odds of you doing your job better -- of succeeding in doing a task -- they go up dramatically. So, it’s extremely important.”