Range of courses

Our range of courses

Technology, organisation and people – our offer for a wide range of target groups within every company

We make sure that the competencies of employees in industrial companies are developed in a practical, tailor-made way. The content focuses on the core competencies that are needed in the different automation technologies and on helping employees to transfer and apply their newly acquired skills in the workplace. This is because qualified and committed employees make a decisive contribution to the productivity and competitiveness of your company.

Course topics

Our offer includes training courses and seminars in those areas that play a key role in everyday industrial life: technology, organisation and people.

We offer courses for, amongst many other topics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrics/electronics, PLC programming, digitalisation/Industry 4.0, lean production and leadership.

Discover our complete range of courses below!

Pneumatics training

Modern Industrial Pneumatics – fundamentals

Designed as a general introduction, this pneumatic training course aims to familiarise delegates with the design, construction and operation of pneumatic components. This includes the interpretation of circuit diagrams and symbols as well as the construction of control systems. This pneumatic training course covers the use of compressed air for pneumatic control and as a signalling medium. A complete overview is given, covering compressors, storage, dryers and distribution as well as the design, construction and operation of a range of actuators, valves and ancillary equipment. The relevant ISO symbols are introduced and included in the circuit diagrams.

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Modern Industrial Pneumatics for the food and drink industry

Designed as a general introduction to the subject of pneumatics, the course aims to familiarise delegates with the design, construction and operation of pneumatic components as used on machinery for the food and drink industry. The course covers the safe use of compressed air in the food environment and a complete overview from compressed air generation through to moving devices and sensing.

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Introduction to FluidDraw Professional

This course has been designed as an introduction to the potential of this powerful software tool. The course covers all aspects of the use of the software from loading and registering to the development of project documentation. FluidDraw is a versatile tool for creating circuit diagrams and associated documentation for pneumatic and electro-pneumatic control systems.

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Introduction to FluidSIM® Pneumatics

Designed as a general introduction to the potential of this software tool. FluidSim is versatile for preparing instruction in educational establishments and vocational training, as experimentation and self-learning system, or as a CAD system for the design and testing of control systems. The course uses a combination of short learning modules and hands-on exercises to convert theory and understanding into practical based knowledge.

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Design, Assembly & Maintenance of Pneumatics Controls

Designed to familiarise delegates with the control methods used for more complex pneumatic circuits, the course aims to improve design, fault finding and maintenance techniques and skills. The course carries on from the 'Modern Industrial Pneumatics Fundamentals' course, continuing with the use of pneumatic controls. It introduces more complex control circuits and requires previous knowledge of valve operation, circuit symbols and reading diagrams.

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Introduction to Electro-Pneumatics

Designed as a general introduction to the function and operation of pneumatic and electrical equipment used in simple Electro-Pneumatic controls, the course covers the design and practical construction of such circuits. The course deals with the control of pneumatic actuators using electrical sensing and switching devices. Electrical principles are covered at a basic level, but some previous knowledge of pneumatic equipment is required.

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Local Approach to Fault Finding

This module is designed to develop the fault finding skills of maintenance technicians/engineers.The process of fault finding is the focus of the course. External factors that can affect the process are discussed as well as methods, tools and practices that can assist in identifying faults. Although the course is 'technology neutral' exercises using pneumatic equipment are used to practice the skills and methods.

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Troubleshooting & Maintenance in Pneumatics

This course is designed as an introduction to fault-finding and maintenance in pneumatic and electropneumatic systems, and how to avoid common mistakes and inefficiencies. It provides a comprehensive overview including the identification of components, reading and understanding pneumatic/electropneumatic circuits and systematically identifying faults. The content will improve your approach to maintenance and efficiently dealing with breakdowns.

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Mechatronics training

Mechatronics Level 1

The course introduces the various control media used in automation systems and explains the operation of some of the components used to allow the delegates to compare control methods. Our mechatronics training covers the control of pneumatic actuators using pneumatic and electrical signalling devices together with the use of PLC's. The construction and operation of valves and sensors is investigated and used in the construction of control circuits.

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Mechatronics Level 2

Our mechatronics training course has been designed to provide delegates with the skills to design and construct more complex control systems involving two or more cylinders and convert them to pneumatic, electrical or PLC control. The course requires previous knowledge to the standard of 'Mechatronics Level 1', and continues to develop the same areas of control. Circuits involving logic, time delay and sequence control are designed and built using pneumatic, electrical and PLC equipment.

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Hydraulics training

Modern Industrial Hydraulics

Designed as a general introduction to the subject of hydraulics, the course gives a comprehensive introduction to hydraulic equipment, components and circuit design. Applicable to multiple engineering type roles, this foundation of learning will improve communications between colleagues, suppliers and customers via a common understanding.

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Introduction to FluidSIM® Hydraulics

Designed as a general introduction to the potential of this software tool. FluidSim is versatile for preparing instruction in educational establishments and vocational training, as experimentation and self-learning system, or as a CAD system for the design and testing of control systems. The course uses a combination of short learning modules and hands-on exercises to convert theory and understanding into practical based knowledge.

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Hydraulic Control Systems

Designed to familiarise participants with more complex hydraulic controls, the course introduces aspects of the electrical control of hydraulic systems. The course investigates the control of multiple actuator circuits and includes sequence and pressure dependant operations. The use of accumulators is covered and some of their applications demonstrated in the practical exercises.

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Proportional Hydraulics

Designed to familiarise delegates with the construction and operation of proportional hydraulic valves, the course investigates the function of control amplifiers. The course introduces the use of proportional, directional and pressure control valves and explains their construction, operation and response characteristics. The connection and adjustment of the control amplifier is explained and its operation investigated in the practical exercises.

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PLC training

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers Using CoDeSys

Designed to give delegates an introduction to PLC controlled systems, the course aims to familiarise them with the associated equipment and terminology, as well as the writing and implementation of simple programs. Programming is done using CoDeSys, a development environment for programming logic controller applications, which conforms to the international industrial standard IEC 61131-3.

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CoDeSys Fundamentals for PLC Programmers

Despite a high degree of automation, flexibility is one of the most important challenges in manufacturing companies. It demands the integration and networking of different controls in a complex automation system. This is further complicated by the huge variety of programming software available. Differences in user-interfaces, functionality and command sets cause confusion and make mistakes more likely. Our CoDeSys training focuses on providing candidates with a general introduction to the IEC 61131-3 Controller Development System from 3S.

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Programming of PLCs

Designed to give delegates an introduction to PLC controlled systems, the course aims to familiarise them with the associated equipment and terminology, as well as the writing and implementation of simple programs.
Programming is done using CoDeSys, a development environment for programming logic controller applications, which conforms to the international industrial standard IEC 61131-3.

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Allen Bradley Technology Courses

Festo offer a variety of Allen Bradley/Rockwell PLC training courses across a range of platforms including ControlLogix, SLC 500 and PLC-5, beginning with basic first-line practical skills. These progress through to Level 1 & Level 2 courses aimed at maintenance personnel and technicians who are familiar with the basics but who need a more in-depth understanding, be able to read & understand typical PLC program code & be able to relate this to the operation & performance of the machine or process.

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Siemens Technology Courses

Festo offer a variety of Siemens S5 & S7 PLC training courses beginning with basic first-line practical skills. These progress through to Level 1 & Level 2 courses aimed at maintenance personnel and technicians who are familiar with the basics but who need a more in-depth understanding, be able to read & understand typical PLC program code & be able to relate this to the operation & performance of the machine or process.

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Mitsubishi Technology Courses

Festo offer a variety of Mitsubishi PLC training courses beginning with basic first-line practical skills. These progress through to Level 1 & Level 2 courses aimed at maintenance personnel and technicians who are familiar with the basics but who need a more in-depth understanding, be able to read & understand typical PLC program code & be able to relate this to the operation & performance of the machine or process.

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Electrical training

Industrial Electrics & Control Fundamentals for Non-electrical Personnel - Part 1

Decrease production downtime, improve efficiency and increase output. This course has been specifically developed for non-electrical maintenance and service personnel and will give them the knowledge and skills required to enable them to work safely alongside qualified electricians.

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Energy Saving training

Introduction to Energy Saving on Compressed Air Systems

This module is designed to assist those who work with compressed air systems to fully understand the costs, and potential waste of energy, associated with compressed air use. Methods and practices to reduce leaks and inappropriate use of compressed air are discussed, as well as the need to set and maintain optimum settings.
Correct sizing of components in relation to load, speed and pressure is covered with the use of Festo ProPneu software.

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Safety training

Machinery Directive - one day orientation event

Do you use or build machines or installations? Then the Machinery Directive is valid for you. The ISO 13 849-1 standard means you must define a Performance Level and Diagnostic Coverage for your machine. This one day training gives an overview of the key aspects and implications of the Machinery Directive.

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Pneumatic Safety for Design Engineers

Companies are facing a huge challenge in managing the retention of their knowledge base as the skills gap between existing engineers and new recruits grows ever wider. Specifically, pneumatics knowledge in relation to the latest requirements for The Machinery Directive (EN ISO 13849-1) is equally challenging for both experienced and relatively new design engineers. Festo have recognised a need for the practical application of this knowledge as it relates to BS EN ISO 4414:2010.

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Industry 4.0 training

Implementing Industry 4.0 for key decision makers: Core elements and strategic application

There are many ways companies can improve their productivity, quality and processes. However, before starting an implementation, managers need to have a basic understanding of the core elements and technologies and how their interaction leads to Industry 4.0. Subsequently, they can think of new business models and specific strategies to implement Industry 4.0.

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The Fundamentals of Industry 4.0: Its drivers, goals and core elements - One day course

As a global manufacturer who has been working on the development of Industry 4.0 technology and application for many years, Festo are actively using the core elements of Industry 4.0 within its own manufacturing plants. Based on our experience and a good deal of research, Festo has developed a one day workshop to help its customers take the first steps to understanding how Industry 4.0 can benefit them.

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Production training

Synchro game - an introduction to lean production & value stream mapping

The Synchro Game is a business game that uses a model production system to introduce participants to the principles of lean and to help them understand how they can deliver efficiency and production gains. During the game the participants form the Synchro Corporation and are tasked with designing and setting up a real production line. The trainers take the opportunity to introduce specific methods, tools and techniques to the participants and encourage them to incorporate them into the planning process. Before the final round all the techniques and methods learnt are brought together and we and use value stream mapping to design the ideal process before putting it into practice.

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Service training

Communication skills for service engineers

When installing, commissioning and repairing equipment on a customers' premises, the service engineer faces two challenges: firstly to use specialist knowledge in order to complete the required task and secondly to ensure effective communication with the customer. Good communication is a vital skill to allow the identification of the customer's needs and expectations and to ensure they are met. Only if all these requirements are met can we achieve customer satisfaction. This course develops a structured approach to handling customer communications. It presents useful tools to guide the service professional and helps develop the core skills needed for effective communication.

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Advanced communication skills for service engineers

This course develops a deeper understanding of customer behaviour styles. It creates awareness of the professional's own style and considers how different styles interact. It investigates the most common reactions encountered in the field service environment and provides practical structures to handle them effectively.

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Management training

Coaching for Impact - Management, Coaching & Leadership

The training recognises the need for modern managers to be capable managers, leaders and coaches if they are to be as effective as they need to be in an ever faster changing business world. Most managers secure their position on the basis of their technical or specialist areas of competence, some are selected on their ability to lead and inspire people. However few are provided the skills they need to truly engage their people, to help them to develop themselves and maximise the contribution they can make to the business and for themselves. Our coaching training is targeted at closing that gap and helping managers recognise how to create an effective balance between their management, leadership and coaching responsibilities.

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Understanding behaviour

DiSC is a personal assessment tool that is used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. DiSC is non-judgemental and helps people discuss their behavioural differences. The DiSC model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviours with others. This can be with a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.

It focuses on gaining an understanding of our own behaviour traits and also reflecting on the behaviour demonstrated in other traits. In gaining this knowledge we can begin to understand the differences and manage them.

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Leadership lessons in employee engagement

To be at their most effective and to ensure they work efficiently, organisations need their work force to be fully engaged. This can only be achieved if employees are suitably enabled and empowered to handle their work with minimum external or management support. This Workshop will explore the links between leadership and engagement. Using 'Lessons from Nature' participants will have the opportunity to observe and discuss the impact of leadership on different personalities.

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Knowledge Checker

Check your technical knowledge before training

The role of any training is ultimately to change habits in the workplace through the application of new skills and knowledge. To help you assess which training is right for you and your team we have free to use Knowledge Checkers on our technical topics.

Simply select from one of the topics below to use our Knowlege Checker facility:

- Pneumatics training
- Mechatronics training
- Hydraulics training
- Electrical training
- Energy saving training
- Safety training

Job-specific courses – from production to management

Our training courses are perfectly tailored to the requirements of various job roles. They can contribute to people's qualifications for specific job profiles. These include:

Maintenance technicians, operators, engineers, designers, instructors, teachers and trainers, production employees and their managers, production planners and managerial staff.