Six members of staff at the
Caribbean Utilities Company’s system operations department have earned their diesel
operating engineer chief’s class certification.
Ernest Bush, Joshua Jackson, Shawn
Myles, Troy Powery, Marlon Smith and Darren Whittaker are the first to gain
their chief’s licence through the company’s programme.
For the past five years, they, along
with 17 other members of the system operations department, have been
participating in the diesel plant operating engineers course, facilitated by
the Indiana-based Association of Power Engineers, Inc.
So far, the 23 employees have
achieved the standard of diesel plant operating engineer third, second, first
or chief class.
President and CEO of CUC, Richard
Hew, said the utility company placed great emphasis on the training of its
“Our goal is to have first-class,
well-trained persons across the organisation who are capable of delivering the
highly efficient and reliable service our customers expect. I am very proud of
the achievements of this group of men who have achieved their engineering chief’s
award,” he said.
The training course for the chief’s
class consisted mostly of self-studies and classroom work conducted by outside
contractors and specialty trainers.
The course included studies in
mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical generation and distribution, diesel
fundamentals, advanced diesel engine operation, fuels, power plant efficiency,
diesel engine efficiency, troubleshooting, leadership, communication, team
building and budgeting.