GCE provides naval power plant training

Oct. 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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SYKESVILLE, Md., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. energy services firm GSE Systems Inc. is providing initial staff training on naval power plant functions and fundamentals to non-U.S. military personnel.

The 18-week course, provided under a $650,000 foreign military contract, is under way at the company's Maryland headquarters. The nationality of the students wasn't disclosed.

"As militaries throughout the world continue the development of new technologies, having a well-trained staff on shipboard power plant systems is critical," said GSE Chief Executive Officer Jim Eberle. "We will leverage the content and structure of the very successful Operator JumpStart Program that GSE deployed for the U.S. power industry, and apply new advanced learning technologies that we pioneered -- particularly our 3D visualization products and VPanel technologies -- to help shorten training time and increase student comprehension."

GCE said fundamental training is in the areas of physics and the mechanical, electrical and thermo-hydraulic engineering required to understand plant operations.

Beyond the fundamentals, students will be instructed on the typical design of major plant systems and their operations, as well as control room operations.

The company's Virtual Flow Loop Trainer, will augment the theory, fundamentals and plant systems training, while GSE's VPanel simulation platform will provide hands-on learning.

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