Strong demand for agri tyre training in Scotland
Staff from the Michelin Training Centre in Stoke-on-Trent recently held their third agricultural tyre fitting course in Scotland in just over 12 months, following unprecedented demand from local dealers.
The two day agricultural tyre fitting course is designed to give tyre technicians new to the agricultural sector detailed information and best practice skills to ensure they can safely and expertly fit farm tyres across a variety of machines – from tractors, combines and sprayers, to farm trailers, telehandlers and skid-steers. The City & Guilds-accredited course can also be used to remind experienced technicians of the correct processes to follow when working with farm tyres.
Carl Williams, Michelin training instructor, says: “Farm tyres are a lot larger and more sophisticated than they were just 10 to 15 years ago. For that reason we no longer advocate that farmers carry out their own tyre fitting; instead, this should be the domain of skilled tyre technicians who have undergone specific training. Even experienced farm tyre technicians should have their skills routinely re-assessed.”
The course guides technicians through the tyre manufacturing process, so they fully understand the role farm tyres play and how to identify the different wheel components used. They are taught about agricultural-specific tyre identification markings, as well as the different rim types used and common problems associated with tyre mounting, together with the safe way to fit, remove and inflate farm tyres.
Williams adds: “Our training courses are designed to deliver excellent quality and value. Dealers see a genuine return on their investment; it’s why we are seeing such strong demand for places.”
The latest training course was held at Michelin’s factory in Dundee and saw 10 technicians attend.
Michelin runs its agricultural tyre fitting course about three times a year in Stoke-on-Trent. The next course is scheduled to run on 12-13 November 2014. Further courses will also be arranged in Scotland upon request.