College hails hydraulics awards

Ian Morris (left) and course lecturer James O' Reagan (right) with the first cohort receiving their awards.
Ian Morris (left) and course lecturer James O' Reagan (right) with the first cohort receiving their awards.

North East Scotland College has hailed the successful completion of the first CETOP level 3 qualification in industrial hydraulics.

bsolutions, part of the commercial training arm of the college, has marked the conclusion of their first delivery of the qualification by holding an awards presentation at Aberdeen Clinterty Campus.

bSolutions is the only centre in Scotland, and just one of two centres within the UK, to be able to offer the training for this prestigious qualification.

The guest speaker at the event was Ian Morris, Director for the British Fluid Power Association, who commented: “I am delighted to see all the hard work over the last two years come to fruition.

“The highly regarded CETOP certificate is a qualification recognised across Europe.

“There is a great shortage of well trained technicians and engineers in our industry and so it even more important that this training is now on offer.

“The students have been through an excellent grounding in the subject of fluid power in the well-equipped workshops and thanks must also go to those companies and BFPA members who gave their staff the support to complete their courses”.

The hydraulic award is for personnel involved in the maintenance and management of industrial hydraulic systems and associated controls who require knowledge and competence based skills.

Delegates on the course attended the evening plus representatives from Aker Solutions, Aquatic, Enermech, Expro, Fugro, GE Oil and Gas, Haliburton, ITC Hydraulics, Micron Eagle and Subsea 7.

Delegate Darren Smith from Expro North Sea Ltd commented: “Being awarded the CETOP level 3 certificate has given me more confidence at work and I now have a recognised qualification in hydraulics, which is something quite rare.”

Iain Cocker, bSolutions Commercial Development Manager said:”The course demands a previous knowledge and working experience of hydraulics but is the pinnacle to reach for an individual to have a comprehensive industrial hydraulic knowledge in both a practical and theoretical knowledge.”

After the presentation, the visitors toured the new bespoke workshop and classrooms within the Clinterty Campus.

The course is offered on a flexible basis, and is dependent upon employer and delegate needs, but would typically average 30 hours over a 12 week period.

Further information is available by contacting Iain Cocker on 0845 2701900 or by email at