|Valve Education & Training|
With support from the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc., an educational foundation, in 2009 the Valve Manufacturers Association developed "Valve Ed,” a valve and actuator training program tailored to the educational needs of the next generation—or anyone who needs a a primer on the valve industry. In this section of the website you can:
If you have any questions about Valve Ed, please contact Abby Brown or Judy Tibbs.
UPCOMING VALVE EDUCATION EVENTS
The Valve Manufacturers Association has now held 11 events featuring the Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 educational session, and nearly 1,000 people have participated! In 2015 the program is expanding from two to three days. Attendees may register for all three days, or those who have participated in previous basics programs may wish to register for the third day only, which will cover all-new material on: Valve Standards; Fugitive Emissions; Valve Materials; Critical Service Applications & Valves; Valve Data, Feedback & Asset Monitoring; and Valve Repair.
The first two days will include:
Each event also includes tabletop exhibits and the opportunity to examine a wide variety of products in our popular "Valve Petting Zoo."
In 2015, VMA will hold two three-day events:
In addition, the day before Valve World Americas Expo & Conference takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, we will present a condensed, 1-day version of the 101 course on July14. (Note: This event is managed by KCI and Messe Dusseldorf America so all registration will take place on the Valve World Americas Expo site. Additional information and registration will be available in the first quarter of 2015.)
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!
We're pleased to announce contributions to the Education & Training program from the following VMA member companies and organizations.
PLATINUM LEVEL ($10,000):
Emerson Process Management (2010)
Pentair (formerly Tyco Flow Control) (2009)
Valve Repair Council (2013)
GOLD LEVEL ($5,000):
Cameron Valves & Measurement (2009, 2011)
CRANE Flow Solutions (2010)
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control (2009)
Manufacturers Standardization Society (2013)
Metso Automation (2009)
The Russell & Beverly Ginn Foundation (2009)
SILVER LEVEL ($2,500):
AUMA Actuators Inc. (2009)
DFT Inc. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
GE Energy (2012)
Global Flow Technologies (2009)
Rotork Controls (2009)
Velan Valve (2009, 2011)
United Valve (2012)
BRONZE LEVEL ($1,750):
AUMA Actuators Inc. (2010)
Conval Inc. (2009 & 2010)
Moog Flo-Tork (2009)
Richards Industries (2009 & 2010)
United Valve (2009 & 2010)
Unitorq Actuators & Controls (2009 & 2010)
VALVE ED TOTE BAG SPONSORS:
AUMA Actuators Inc. (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
CRANE Flow Solutions (2013)
VALVE ED SUPPORTERS:
Conval Inc. (2011)
Moog Flo-Tork (2011)
Solon Manufacturing Company (2011)
Unitorq Actuators & Controls (2011)
Click here to make to make a donation to VMA's educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc., to provide a scholarship for a senior-level mechanical engineering student to attend a Valve Ed course. Or, sponsor one of the Valve Ed events to let the industry know you support VMA's educational efforts -- plus, receive a complimentary pass to attend an upcoming basics course.
For more information on donating to the scholarship fund or sponsoring a Valve Education event, or some other aspect of VMA's educational program, please contact Judy Tibbs.
FEATURED VALVE ED PRODUCTS
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE VALVE INDUSTRY provides an excellent way to educate and inform new employees about the valve industry--its markets, history, types of products manufacturered, standards and more. Available as a PDF, you can order An Introduction to the Valve Industry online and receive it within 24 hours. The file contains 100-plus slides and numerous pages of notes to enhance understanding of the material. Order it in The VMA Store.
THE BACK TO BASICS COMPILATION is a collection of 17 articles from Valve Magazine’s Back to Basics series akes a great training tool for newcomers to the industry and new employees. The 80-page, spiral-bound, full-color Back to Basics Compilation has been flying off the shelves since we first released it in spring 2009. Find out why it's so popular, and order your copy through The VMA Store.
Plus, our ACTUATORS & CONTROLS COMPILATION—with 24 articles on these important products—can also be ordered through The VMA Store.
PAST ARTICLES MAKE GREAT EDUCATIONAL TOOLS. End users, specifiers, distributors, valve repair and service firms, manufacturers and others involved in the industry often look to previously published articles in Valve Magazine. If you'd like review a list of articles published from 1993 through today, click here. You can select past articles (or entire issues) and order them through The VMA Store.
THE STORY BEHIND THE CRAWFORD LIBRARY
In 1982, valve industry leader and philanthropist William F. Crawford generously provided a grant to the Valve Manufacturers Association through The Crawford Family Foundation of Chicago. Learn what inspired Crawford to support the industry’s educational efforts and how that legacy is being used today to educate a new generation. Read more here.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ...
The story that started it all, "Who Will Run Tomorrow's Plants?" was originally published in a 2006 issue of Valve Magazine. Once this article appeared, VMA and its members began to realize that someone needed to take the lead in educating newcomers to the industry. Following the recommendation of VMA's Communications Committee, the VMA Board approved the formation of the Education & Training Committee, to begin work on a basic valve education program.
In a 2008 edition of Valve Magazine, we presented another article, "Reaching Out to Tomorrow's Workforce," which discussed how to prepare the next generation of workers to staff and manage plants and facilities that use and make valves. The conclusion? It won't be easy but some innovative programs in other industries are underway.