11 July 2016 Training telescope operators and support astronomers at Paranal
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The operations model of the Paranal Observatory relies on the work of efficient staff to carry out all the daytime and nighttime tasks. This is highly dependent on adequate training. The Paranal Science Operations department (PSO) has a training group that devises a well-defined and continuously evolving training plan for new staff, in addition to broadening and reinforcing courses for the whole department. This paper presents the training activities for and by PSO, including recent astronomical and quality control training for operators, as well as adaptive optics and interferometry training of all staff. We also present some future plans.
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Henri M. J. Boffin, Henri M. J. Boffin, Dimitri A. Gadotti, Dimitri A. Gadotti, Joe Anderson, Joe Anderson, Andres Pino, Andres Pino, Willem-Jan de Wit, Willem-Jan de Wit, Julien H. V. Girard, Julien H. V. Girard, "Training telescope operators and support astronomers at Paranal", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991032 (11 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232105; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232105
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