Engineers get hands-on experience in Italy

A course candidate works on a commercial burner at the Baltur facility
A course candidate works on a commercial burner at the Baltur facility
Nine UK heating engineers have returned from a week-long specialist burner training course at the world-renowned Baltur development facility in northern Italy.

The course, which is run annually by burner manufacturer and Baltur UK distributor EOGB, covers commercial burners with outputs from 50kW – 2000kW. Other aspects include commissioning, modulating controls, burner matching and fault finding.

Unlike the UK, which is limited in the number of places that large burners can be fired for long periods of time, the Baltur facility is equipped with cooling towers so burners can run for several hours if required. This enables engineers to get to grips with combustion settings without worrying about heat load.

Steve Hucker from South West Peninsular Training, who attended the course, said: “I would without question recommend this course to any engineer who wishes to extend their knowledge of oil, gas, and dual-fuel burners. I especially liked the amount of hands-on training in the workshop rather than too much classroom-based theory.”

Martin Cooke, technical manager at EOGB, said: “Our commercial burner training in Italy is always very popular and is a great way for engineers to gain practical experience, which is invaluable for any engineer currently working, or looking to work on, commercial forced draft burners. We look forward to welcoming another group next summer.”

The next Italy training trip will be in July 2016. EOGB also runs a number of courses at its purpose-built facility in St Neots in Cambridgeshire, including OFTEC oil training. Last year EOGB trained more than 200 heating engineers.