Courses - Fork lift truck Engineer Training

Working in conjunction with F-TEC, our forklift engineer courses are designed to meet the needs of the fork lift truck industry.

Held at F-TEC's Swindon training centre, courses are delivered by highly trained professionals and offer opportunities to work with a wide range of materials handling equipment

Details of all courses are found below. Simply click on the title of a course to book. (And remember: if you’re an FLTA Member, you need to log in to get your special discount.)

Thorough Examination

This highly practical course for experienced* engineers concentrates on the inspection of chains and forks, current legislation, documentation and the responsibilities of a competent person.

Subjects covered include: 

  • The engineer’s role
  • Inspection criteria for lift chains and fork arms
  • Organisation of Thorough Examinations and the examiner’s role
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • Guidance on how to conduct Thorough Examinations

Upon completion, candidates are recorded on a central FLTA register.

Valid for five years.

*The course is only open to engineers who can demonstrate their ability to inspect the automotive, electrical and hydraulic components of a fork truck.

Duration : Two days

Thorough Examination Revalidation

Exclusively for engineers who have previously completed our Thorough Examination course, this training brings engineers up to date with current legislation and practices and reaffirms their inspection skills.

Successful candidates will be registered for a further five years.

Duration: One day

Thorough Examination Manager

Our Thorough Examination Manager course is essential for those seeking accreditation to CFTS, so they may carry out Thorough Examinations which comply with both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98.

Delegates will be given a detailed understanding of the CFTS Quality Assurance Procedural Code. Importantly, this course conforms to the CFTS accreditation rules and meets the specific needs of Thorough Examination managers and their deputies. In addition, it will enhance the understanding of those managers overseeing CFTS activities. 

Duration: One day

Electrical Connection, Isolation and Charger Fault Finding

This course provides your engineers with the understanding, as well as regulations and practices they need to safely carry out electrical connection and isolation, as well as charger fault finding, in relation to fork lift truck.

A wide range of subjects are covered, including: 

  • Types of batteries
  • Safe use of batteries
  • Electrical isolation procedures
  • Basic three-phase and single-phase wiring
  • Cable sizing, overload and short circuit protection
  • Cable types and their applications
  • Common electrical terminology and symbols
  • Basic wiring and operation of chargers
  • Practical wiring and connection of chargers
  • Fault finding testing, inspection and certification of chargers
  • Assess condition of and calculate conductor requirements
  • Conventional chargers
  • High frequency chargers
  • Types of HF chargers (error codes)
  • Fault finding testing, inspection of HF chargers

Duration: One day

NB: This course does not qualify an engineer to connect charging systems to a main supply (you will require 17th edition IEE wiring regulations, 18th IEE edition as of July 2018)

Module One - LT Electronics

The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to electronic control systems.

The course will cover:

  • Health and safety
  • Individual component testing
  • Circuits
  • Electrical theory
  • DC motor types, operation and testing
  • SCR traction control theory and operation
  • Current sensors and current limit settings
  • Fault finding traction control systems:
  • SCR traction control circuits
  • Plugging and flyback circuits
  • Bypass and field weakening circuits
  • Regenerative braking
  • Fail safe and monitoring circuits

Duration: Three days

LPG Fuel Systems

Engineers will be given instruction on the safe use of LPG systems. The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Basic principles of LPG
  • LPG Safety
  • Individual components
  • Fault finding
  • Carburettors
  • Different vaporiser units
  • LPG bottles and storage
  • Basic ignition systems
  • Inspection and adjustments
  • Introduction to fuel injection
  • Breakdown of the injector system
  • Types of injectors
  • System sensors
  • Vaporiser
  • ECU
  • Fault finding and diagnostics

Duration: Three days

Safety for Service Engineers

This important course explores a variety of health and safety issues in the fork truck working environment. Whilst essential for service engineers, it is a valuable source of information and understanding for anyone who works near fork lift trucks.

Subjects covered include:

  • What is Health and Safety?
  • Legislation
  • Enforcement
  • Accidents and ill health
  • Reporting
  • First Aid
  • Common Hazards
  • Fire & Explosion – (LPG)
  • Electricity
  • Work equipment
  • Movement of People and Vehicles
  • COSHH
  • Manual Handling
  • Noise
  • Working at height
  • Maintenance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Portable tools
  • RIDDOR

Duration: One day

Module Two - Advanced LT Electronics

This course is for the more experienced engineers and covers a variety of the latest technology currently available, including:

  • Separately Excited Motor (SEM) control system
  • AC traction control system
  • Electronic steering
  • Generic wire guidance
  • Fault finding:
    • GE and Zappi SEM traction controllers
    • Zappi AC traction control
    • Zappi and electronic steering
  • MOSFET – control theory of operation
  • Oscilloscope/multiplexing
  • On board diagnostics
  • Fault-finding SCR and MOSFET controllers
    • ​SCR: GE EV1, EV100, Sevcon MC400
    • MOSFET: Zappi – H2 GE EVT100, Sevcon MOS90, Curtis control

Duration: Three days