Equipment school cfcse how was it
I haven't been, but here's my response to that question for someone else who asked that -
When I started out doing this work in the '90s, CFESA didn't have training facility to attend a resident training program. I was already a technician and my employer required that I become CFESA-certified. So I studied the CFESA books and took their tests (locally proctored) to become certified. CFESA training manuals offer a treasure-trove of technical information written specifically for training commercial food equipment technicians.
I'll share with you what a member of another forum recently said about their RESIDENT training in South Carolina:
"Cfesa training is around $1200 for non-Cfesa members plus hotel and travel. It's designed for techs who have been in the field a year or more. There is a prerequisite test to pass before attending. The instructors are industry veterans who know their stuff. It's 6 days of training. 2 days electric, 2 days gas, and 2 days steam with water quality thrown in. Lots of hands on training as well. Excellent training. Call Cfesa headquarters and they can tell you more. They are offering more classes that they have in the past. Can't praise their instructors enough. They are the experts."
- credit to CFEST @ HVAC-talk.com
how can a guy get hobart training on meatm saws meat grinder slicers with out help from my employer i will pay my own way i have over 20 years of service but we all need update on equioment
It appears as though Hobart provides training for techs. Now, it does say "Hobart Service's field technicians," so I can't tell if they will train outside techs for Hobart. Given the vast area of some markets, I can't imagine Hobart has a technician in every area (particularly lower population areas), so they might provide training to non-employees of the company as well.
In any case, give them a call at 1-888-446-2278. I have no idea of the frequency, cost, or length of training, but the link below does say it's in Troy, Ohio.
The Value Of Service - Hobart Service
Ken, I'm certain that you need to be a Hobart tech to attend technical training classes on their equipment. Along with that, I'm also certain Hobart won't share service manuals. Even if your best friend was a Hobart tech, it's still virtually impossible for your friend to get you a copy of any of them. Hobart's security measures prevent that. Their intention is to discourage competing companies in any endeavors to repair Hobart equipment. Hobart wants THEIR techs to work on it, since such service work is a big money-maker for them.
Now, if you happen to be an IN-HOUSE technician, then Hobart opened a door for providing resources to help in-house tech out. Hobart still won't share service manuals, but...well - for the details, here's a rather dated service bulletin on what they'll provide:
Hobart Bulletin - SB 08-6003 - In-house service manuals
I'm an in-house tech myself (formerly a field tech). We have ALLOT of Hobart equipment. Everything from slicers, food processors of all sizes, mixers (old and new) of all sizes, several meat saws and MANY dish machines of all sizes.
My boss so happened to get our local Hobart branch to send some of their techs out to us for several hours of training. It was totally informal. No student guides. No instructor. No specific training syllabus to follow. Just a few techs who showed up to share with us what they knew about the specific equipment we asked for them to cover. (in our case, the FT900 dishwasher)
It was indeed a "service call" that fell well outside the "norm" for a typical day as Hobart technicians. I'm sure they enjoyed that break from their normal day, though.
Obviously we were billed for it, but I think it was a very fruitful several hours. Not only gaining THEIR insight on the high points and problem areas of maintaining that equipment, but it also led to just "talk shop" - which obviously led to a bit more learning. Additionally, there was some bit of camaraderie gained between us and them. Particularly from the opportunity to talk to someone besides "just amongst ourselves in the shop" about the challenges...and the ever-present horror stories - in maintaining our vast array of equipment.
I think the Hobart techs learned a little from us too - but we couldn't reciprocate by billing THEM for that.
Hobart used to be a closed shop. You had to be an employee or some sort of an authorised agent in a low population area. they wouldn't even give you a discount on parts. Afew years back they got bought out by someone else and they started to loosen up in a few areas. I herd that you may be able to attend some of their schools but you would have to be one of their bigger customers and buy a lot of equpt./parts from them.
As for manuals, you can go to their site and sign up for free. There you can access their parts and owners manuals. But service manuals are still hard to come by. If you become friendly with the Hobart guy, and ask nicely, he may d/l you a copy of what you need. Just don't sell him out, they can be terminated for giving out propritary information.
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