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A series of training modules aimed at lift engineers have been developed in conjunction with Richard Taylor and other industry experts for delivery at the lift tower. Each module comprises some classroom based elements as well as practical instruction using the various shafts at the tower. Priority is given to the practical elements, with this making up approximately 70% of most modules. Each module lasts 4 hours and class sizes are kept small (circa 6 persons).

A test is carried out at the end of each module to assess the engineers understanding of the content. Successful candidates will receive a certificate of acheivement for each completed module.

Classroom based training includes a presentation and interactive discussions with the candidates. Practical sessions involve hands on training using the various lift installations in the tower.





Module title Description
NLT0001 - Safety Training Focuses on safe working for lift engineers or other staff likely to be exposed to lift shafts, car tops and motor rooms.

Classroom based elements :-

  • Essential Rules
  • Hazard/Risk awareness
  • Completing a risk assessment
  • Falls and falling objects safety
  • Shaft Access Safety
  • Electrical Safety

Practicals :-

  • Completing a risk assessment
  • Completing a hazard scan
  • Perform electrical lock off and tag off
  • Safely access the car top
  • Safely access the lift shaft
NLT0002 - Wiring Diagrams Focuses on how to read wiring diagrams related to a lift installation.

Classroom based elements :-

  • Control system components
  • Designing a control circuit
  • Sample control circuits from different manufacturers (e.g. ILE, Thames Valley, Express)

Practicals :-

  • Tracing out a control circuit and checking it to the wiring diagram
  • Fitting a new component to the control panel
NLT0003 - Using a meter and fault finding Focuses on how to use electrical meters, going on to use them to fault find.

Classroom based elements :-

  • Voltage, current and resistance
  • Types of meter
  • Taking readings

Practicals :-

  • Megger a motor
  • Taking current readings
  • Fault finding with voltage and resistance measurements
NLT0004 - Basics of electrical and electronic engineering Classroom based elements :-
  • Understanding Ohm's law
  • Simple circuit theory

Practicals :-

  • Designing a brake lift/hold circuit
  • Fitting the brake lift/hold circuit

Delivered by the St. John's Ambulance at the lift tower, this is a one day course in first aid tailored specifically to the needs of lift engineers.

Classroom based elements:-

  • All of the usual elements of first aid are cover including managing an incident, assessing the casualty, treatment of wounds, fractures, respiratory and circulation problems. However, more focus is given to the types of injury likely to be suffered by a lift engineer - crush, fall and electrical injuries.

Practicals :-

  • Assessing and treating casualties on the car top, in the motor room and in the pit. Simulated scenarios are created with each candidate having the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills in a real workplace environment.

Further courses are in development including ...

  • Basics of hydraulic lifts
  • Site installation skills and an appreciation of electromagnetic compatability
  • Lift Component Technology
  • Basics of Drive Technology
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Call outs

14th March 2017

Link to a story from Studor on a pretty windy day
at the tower.



28th Feb 2017. New training brochure available here


6th July 2016. Some fascinating pictures of the
tower being constructed have been added

12th May 2016. New brochure available.


13th July 2015. Drone flight up the full height of the tower.


Superfast broadband in Northampton - we have recently partnered with a local company to provide superfast broadband into areas of Northampton that currently do not have coverage. The name of the company is Barton Broadband and the website is here. Please get in touch if you would like to find out if coverage is available in your area.

For information on booking abseils at the tower, please follow this link to an external website.