Hello from Centennial, CO

Hello from Centennial,  CO

Thursday evening – September 14, 2017   (First post of this travelogue)

I am in Centennial CO (Denver Area) staying at the Staybridge Suites.  I am teaching a Lubrication/Bearings/ Shaft Alignment for  NTT in their offices which is about a mile from here. 

So far this has been another good class.  I have 14 students.  9 of the students work at the Denver mint, three work at the Naval Ship Yard in Seattle and two work for Douglas County.

The hands-on part of the class (that is the major selling point for NTT classes) involves shaft alignment trainers.  We use basic straight edge tools, dual dial indicators and laser systems for the training.  When the students are working with the dual dial indicators, they tend to get very frustrated as it is a difficult process.  After they have done the processes (two) several times, they become much less agitated.  But all of them want to use the laser and never want to see the dial indicators again {grin}. 

We had some equipment issues (prior instructor left the sets in less than acceptable condition with some of the critical pieces missing.  Since we were in the office, we swapped the trainers out for another set and things went much smoother.  I had to leave the class room, as I was so upset that our students had to experience this kind of a mess.  I cooled off a bit and sent them home early so that we could make our plan for the next day.  Obviously my patience is not what it should be right now.

The exercises we do tomorrow are a bit easier and the students will do well and not get nearly as frustrated.

That is all for this trip.

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