Introduction to Valve Actuators

Training Provider:
Course Date: Tuesday 16th April 2024
Location: Banbury
Programme: 1 day duration: 9.00am start - 5.00pm finish
Price: £640 + vat (per person)
BVAA Member Price: £390 + vat (per person)

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Course Brief

This 1-day course is designed as a comprehensive guide to valve actuators. Engineers and technicians attending will gain an invaluable insight into the characteristics of the many different actuator types, the principles of selection of and matching an actuator with a valve, a knowledge of the various actuator accessories, and 'intelligent' and automatic control actuators.

Course Objectives

  • Gain a greater awareness of the diverse types and operating characteristics of valve actuators.
  • Be able to select and specify the correct actuator for a given application.
  • A detailed understanding of the need to match an actuator with a valve.
  • The opportunity to discuss with the lecturer specific valve problems or issues.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at individuals who wish to increase their knowledge on the selection and use of valve actuators. It is also suitable for engineers and technicians who wish to re-introduce themselves to the subject

Course Presenter

Graeme Oliver has worked for Rotork for over 30 years, and delivers training courses on electric actuators all over the world.

 Further information relating to course content..

Address: British Valve & Actuator Association
1A Banbury Office Village
Noral Way
OX16 2SB
United Kingdom
Telephone: 01295 221270

How to find us

  • Exit M40 at Junction 11, Banbury (A422/A361).
  • Follow Hennef way to the Tesco roundabout
  • At that roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Southam Road  (A423)
  • Enter the roundabout – take the 3rd exit onto Noral Way
  • Take the first left turn into Banbury Office Village
  • Park in visitor parking for BVAA

Please note that parking is very limited, and ensure you park in the allocated visitor spaces for the BVAA, 1A.

Graeme Oliver

Graeme Oliver
Course Lecturer

For the last 31 years Graeme has worked for Rotork, one of the leading actuator manufacturing companies in the world. He joined as a service engineer travelling extensively into many process industries including oil & gas, power generation and water treatment. After 15 years of site work, gaining experience in installation, repair and commissioning of electric valve actuators, he joined Rotork’s training department, and for over 16 years has delivered training courses on electric actuators all over the world.

Classroom based training

Our one-day classroom-based courses will follow a similar format:

  • Offices open from 8.30am onwards
  • The course will start at 9.00am prompt
  • There will be a break for lunch, usually 12.30pm - 1.00pm
  • Each course will finish at 5.00pm at the latest

We provide a buffet lunch and would be grateful if you could inform us if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences on booking.

Course Materials

Full notes and course materials are supplied. Delegates will also receive a BVAA Manual specific to the course they attend.


Our training facility is on the first floor, with no wheelchair access. On both the ground floor and first floor we have an accessible toilet.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your specific requirements before your visit, please contact us on 01295 221270 or email

Where to stay

Premier Inn, Castle Quay, Banbury, OX16 5UN
Tel: 0330 175 9013
Parking: Chargeable off-site parking is available at Castle Quay Shopping Centre (OX16 5UN). Parking is charged at £6.50 for over 5 hours Monday - Saturday. On Sundays & bank holidays parking is charged at £1.00 all day.

Premier Inn, Stroud Park, Ermont Way, Banbury, OX16 4AE
Tel: 0333 321 9439

Best Western, Wroxton House Hotel, Wroxton, Banbury, OX15 6QB.
Tel: 01295 73077

Parking is limited, so if you are staying at a local hotel with your colleagues, it may be worth considering a taxi to our offices.

Need a taxi?

Royal Cars Banbury
Tel: 01295 255555

Castle Cars Ltd
Tel: 01295 270011

Online Courses

When participating in an online course, you should ensure that you have the hardware and software required in place. You must have an Internet-connected computer with:

  • Audio capability - You will need to hear our trainer and be heard.
  • Microsoft Teams - All online courses are delivered via Microsoft Teams.


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