Training methods from HiST are used in VET in Hungary


MHtE, The Hungarian Association for Welding and Material Testing, achieves good results by using Activity Based Training (ABT) methods in education of plastic welders. Each year, MHtE educates several thousand welders and material testers that are going to work in mechanical industry. Their courses follow the international certification system defined by the European Welder Federation. 

MHtE have ca 100 member schools that are loocated all over Hungary. This school year they are testing ABT in welding of plastic materials in several of their Vocational Education and Training (VET) classes. 

ABT was originally developed in the LdV MECCA project (2005-2007). MHtE is now in partnership with HiST and Vitec from Norway, adapting the method in combination with Student Response Systems, for use in welding of plastic pipes and tanks. The background is the urgent need for new natural gas distribution systems in Europe, which become evident during the energy crisis in January 2009. It is important to improve the current limitations in the energy distribution system, as plastic welding defects are discontinuities, which present possible fracture problems followed by accelerating repair costs.

 The pedagogical method combines

  • Cases from industrial manufacturing.
  • Problem-based learning methods where theory is immediately applied into practice.
  • Video solutions and use of modern, widely accessible and easy-to-use digital blackboards.
  • A new approach for industrial training, including the implementation of modern learning tools.

ABT expands learning skills by disseminating new inquiry-based training methods. MHtE reports that ABT is an effective method for transfer of advanced production process knowledge to students who are looking for a profession that to a large extend requires practical training with a minimum of theoretical education. Students become much more motivated. This is important in the plastic welding industry where failures related to incorrect operating procedures result in complex repairs and increasing life cycle costs.

The picture shows Karl Arne Bergh from Vitec, and Bela Gayer from MHtE discussing the experiences with use of ABT in VET.

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