Flange Management Joint Integrity (FMJIT) for the Assembly, Tightening and Disassembly of Bolted Connections

Topic Process Plant

This is an IChemE approved training course and not delivered directly by the Institution. For more information about the course, contact the training provider directly.


This two-day training course can be run when required by customers.

It provides the learner with a range of knowledge and skills relevant to controlled bolting techniques. It's aimed at onshore/offshore oil and gas installations; power generation plants; petrochemical installations; mining sites; renewable turbines/structures etc. worldwide seeking to ensure that bolting technicians/FM engineers intending to work at one of their facilities, have completed an appropriate internationally recognized mechanical joint integrity training course.

Key topics

  • FMJIT objectives
  • Bolting safety
  • The bolted joint connection
  • The behaviour of nuts and bolts
  • Identification of nuts and bolts
  • Common gaskets
  • Assembly and alignment tools and aids
  • Manual torque wrench operation
  • Critical areas of torque tightening safety
  • Torque slide rule test
  • Hand torquing operation
  • Flange break out safety procedure
  • Flange gap and numbering sequence procedure
  • Flange equipment aids methods and procedures
  • Hydraulic torque tightening
  • Torquing operation set up
  • Torquing operations
  • Hydraulic bolt tensioners
  • Safety when working with high pressure tensioners
  • Tensioning operation set up
  • Tensioning operation

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course delegates should be able to:

  • identify the generic hazards which are specific to these installations, potential risks associated with those hazards, and how controls are put in place to eliminate or reduce risks
  • identify key plant related safety regulations and explain the basic safety management concepts
  • demonstrate, in a simulated environment, that they can use the controlled bolting equipment, and follow procedures in preparation for working in such hazardous high-risk working environments
  • demonstrate they have the necessary skill, ability and knowledge to carry out specialist critical bolting safely.

Who will benefit

This training programme is designed to meet the flange management and joint integrity needs of onshore/offshore oil and gas installations; power generation plants; petrochemical installations; mining sites and renewable turbines/structures with the aim of helping to reduce the risk of product loss, facility damage, unscheduled downtime, injury, fire or even fatalities.

"Our bolting technicians attended LAPP Equipment UK’s Mechanical Joint Integrity training course in March 2019. The course was well organised and covered hand torquing, hydraulic torquing and hydraulic tensioning. Our technicians learnt how to use and apply a range of equipment along with good practices for assembly and disassembly and underwent written, fault detection and practical tests to demonstrate their competence.

"With this training, our team is able to safely work with bolted joints and know the correct use and method of torque tightening and bolt tensioning. They understand the behaviour of bolts, nuts, gaskets and flanges and are well informed of the best practices for assembly and disassembly.

"I recommend this training as it was very well organised and we have all learnt a lot from it. We will also review our internal bolting course to improve the training for temporary employees."

Contract Resources Asia Newsletter November 2020.

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