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Abandonment of Facilities
Upon completion of this module the learner:
  • Will understand the procedures for deactivation of natural gas facilities.
  • Will be able to explain the rational for deactivation of natural gas facilities.
  • Will be able to perform the correct procedures for deactivating natural gas mains.
  • Will be able to perform the correct procedures for deactivating natural gas service lines.
  • Will be able to correctly document the deactivation of natural gas mains and services.
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Atmospheric corrosion is a possible cause of pipeline leaks or failures. Course content includes definitions, types, and causes of atmospheric corrosion, application of protective coatings and inspections, prevention of damage to coatings, remedial measures, surveys and corrective actions. The purpose of this course is to understand the requirements for atmospheric corrosion control.
To comply with DOT standards on this subject you must:
  • Understand the basics of the corrosion process.
  • Know the basic methods of preparing a surface to be treated for protection against corrosion.
  • Understand specific attributes of and risk factors for atmospheric corrosion.
  • Know the protective measures and methods used to control atmospheric corrosion.
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner will:
  • Understand basic information about PLCs including their history.
  • Understand the basic hardware components associated with PLCs.
  • Understand principles of PLC operation.
  • Understand applications of PLCs in the natural gas industry.
  • Understand peripheral devices used with PLCs.
  • Gain a basic understanding of ladder logic and other skills associated with programming PLCs.
 
This module focuses on the fundamentals of Supervisory control and Data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Upon completion of this module, the learner:
  • Will know the history of SCADA systems.
  • Will be aware of the basic office hardware components of a SCADA system.
  • Will understand the basic field hardware components of a SCADA system.
  • Will understand the protocols and parts of a SCADA system to communicate with each other.
  • Will know the basics of installing, calibrating, and troubleshooting a SCADA system.
 

Course describes the -850 and 100 millivolt criteria commonly used in cathodic protection. Course content includes explanation of the criteria in DOT Appendix D, applications of the criteria, and using a voltmeter collecting criteria readings. This course covers the application of protective criteria to cathodic protection.

Upon completion of this module, the learner:

  • Will know the meaning of criteria in relation to cathodic protection.
  • Will understand the specific cathodic protection criteria for different piping applications.
  • Will know the different cathodic protection surveys that are conducted to assure the criteria are being met.
  • Will understand the importance of the evaluation and reporting of data gathered on cathodic protection surveys.
 
The module describes bi-monthly inspection of rectifier untis. Course content includes OHMs Law, AC/DC voltage, and safety procedures; testing intervals, inspection of rectifiers and other impressed current power sources; reverse switch current switch diode, and interface; remedial actions to correct deficiencies, unprotected pipeline evaluations, and documentation. Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify corrosion cells on a pipeline-The learner will learn what corrosion is, different types of corrosion, and what conditions must be met for it to exist.
  • Describe corrosion control methods-In this lesson the learner will study the three main methods used for controlling corrosion on pipelines.
  • Describe Principals of Cathodic Protection-The main principals of cathodic protection and how it works.
  • Explain the use of Galvanic Anodes-The learner will learn about galvanic anodes and what their role is in cathodic protection of a pipeline.
  • Explain Impressed Current Systems-Impressed current systems as a way of cathodically protecting a pipeline.
  • Describe various rectifier types-The learner will learn about two types of rectifiers and the different function of each.
  • Rectifier Inspections and Efficiency-The learner will learn about the inspection guidelines and efficiency in Lesson.
  • Bi-monthly Inspection procedures-the learner will be able to perform the steps to inspect a rectifier.
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner:
  • Will gain a basic understanding of the equipment needed to locate and repair rectifier failures.
  • Will learn precautions that should be followed while troubleshooting rectifiers.
  • Will understand and explain common problems causing rectifier failures.
  • Will learn troubleshooting tips.
  • Will apply the guidelines for troubleshooting.
  • Will apply basic troubleshooting techniques used when locating contacts.
 

The module focuses on several combustible gas instruments(CGI)and flame ionization units(FI) regarding their use, care and calibration. Field operations in the energy industry can be destructive to delicately calibrated instruments if precautions are not taken. The use and care precautions are explained.

Each manufacturer of this type equipment has specific calibration procedures. Instruments by specific manufacturers will not be reviewed, but the importance and rational for regular calibration is discussed. Typical uses for each type of instrument are also explored.

 
Characteristics and Properties of Natural Gas
Upon completion of this module the learner:
  • Will learn about the history of the use of natural gas.
  • Will learn about the composition and properties of natural gas.
  • Will learn about the flammable characteristics of natural gas.
  • Will learn about monitoring for natural gas leaks and for carbon monoxide.
  • Will learn about methods used to increase the safety of natural gas pipelines.
 
The course describes the typical Compressor cylinder repairs required to maintain the operations of a compressor unit. Course content includes removing, inspecting and replacing compressor valves, packing, compressor rod inspection, seals and operations of the cylinder in the transmission of natural gas.
 
The course describes the typical compressor cylinder repairs and components to ensure safe operations as natural gas is transported through the unit. Compressor gas path maintenance the operations of a compressor unit without gas leakage is stressed. Course content includes removing, inspecting and replacing compressor valves, packing, compressor rod inspection, movement of major components, seals and operations of the cylinder in the transmission of natural gas.
 
The course describes the typical power cylinder balancing using commercial available instruments-Beta Trap. Compressor gas path maintenance the unit is stressed. Adjustments to power cylinder components are shown that ensure safe operations and increased fuel efficiency.
 
The course describes the steps required to unload the compressor cylinders and shut down the operations of a compressor unit. Course content includes unloading compressor cylinders in sequence for various OEM compressor units; adjusting speed, minimum speed and maximum speed for a compressor unit, length of the required cool down period. Also included are requirements for post lub on engine and turbocharger, monitor pressures, temperatures, set unit valves, performing walk around inspection, and recording and scheduling preventative maintenance.
 
The course focus is Compressor Station operations. Major areas of a typical compressor station are reviewed and their purpose explained. Areas reviewed include Main Compressor building reciprocating and turbine) fuel meters, dehydration, tank farms, gas coolers, pigging facilities, tank farm, telecommunications, control building, auxiliary building and starting air facilities. Course content includes storing and using flammable liquids; installation of heat and gas detectors, inspection of gas and heat sensors, exterior warning light or system. Specifically covered are ESD and testing ESD on both the unit and station; inspecting and testing pressure limiting devices; building design criteria; doors and venting, and documenting required DOT testing.
 
The course covers the requirements for a damage prevention. Specific topics covered in this module include:
  • Development of a written program
  • Excavator/contractor responsibilities
  • One-call center responsibilities
  • Pipeline Operator and facility owner responsibilities for damage prevention
  • Inductive and Conductive locating methods and the procedures for performing each type
  • Color code for underground facilities marking and their associated utilities
  • The types of media used for public education of damage prevention
 
Course describes welding and gas Oxy/Acet cutting activities. Overviews of the several welding types are described including Oxy/Acet Gas Welding, Shield Metal Arc Welding, MIG and TIG welding. Course contents includes recognition of hazardous atmospheres and precautions, minimum welding and cutting distances, surface preparation, miter joints, protection of the welder from weather, non-destructive testing,weld reports, weld inspections and removal and repair of unacceptable welds.
 
Course describes the use and installation of electrical isolating insulators on pipeline facilities. The materials include testing electrical insulators and repair and replacement of damaged insulators. The course also describes concerns regarding the casings at various types of road corssings (rail, creek, and road) and includes steps for testing for shorted casings and remedial steps to be taken when shorted casings are discovered. Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
  • State the purpose of pipe casings.
  • List the three categories of casings.
  • State the functions of protective coatings for casings.
  • Determine if a reading is indicative of a shorted casing.
 
This course discusses the basic principles of electrofusion of plastic pipes. Upon completion of this module the learner will:
  • have an understanding of the necessity for Operator Qualification
  • have a basic understanding of the different kinds of plastic pipe used in the electrofusion process.
  • understand the basic principles of electrofusion.
  • be able to perform the steps involved in the electrofusion process.
  • be familiar with the qualification procedures used to inspect and test the fued joints.
  • be familiar with the common safety precautions to take when handling polyethlene pipe.
  • understand the hazards of static electricity, as well as steps to take to prevent sparks.
 
This training module will aid Team members understanding of compliance issues with DOT Office of Pipeline Safety regulations and model company procedures in the development and review of emergency plans and public and contractor education and Damage Prevention-One call systems. Specific topics covered include:
  • Define emergency plans and review intervals.
  • Define damage prevention programs including the One call system.
  • Define public and contractor education regarding natural gas and products pipelines.
  • Reactions Team members should prepare the appropriate procedures concerning damage to a pipeline from an outside force.
  • Develop action plans to safely respond to an accidental release of natural gas.
  • Review the contents of Emergency Plans and actions required pre and post release.
 
This course covers basic properties of electricity and simple electrical equipment.
Upon completion of this module the learner will:
  • understand basic properties of electricity, circuits, and safety device components.
  • understand Ohms Law and how to apply its principles to resistive circuits.
  • understand the processes used to measure voltage, current, and resistance.
  • recognize the common electrical symbols and how they are incorporated into wiring and line diagrams.
  • understand the principles of inductance and capacitance.
  • understand waveform properties and phase relationships.
  • understand the properties and uses of transformers
 
The course focus is on Gas Control operations. This program focuses on Gas Control personnel ability to perform remote operations including remotely start, load and shut down a compressor unit. The course also includes monitoring pressures, volume of gas throughout, temperatures and panel alarms and flags
 
Procedures for installing taps and stopping gas flow on in-service pipelines. Course contents include operation of Blackhawk, TD Williamson and Mueller tapping and stopping equipment; Weld on fittings for steel pipelines; branch connections, tees and tie-ins, documentation.
 
Upon completion of this module the learner will:
  • have an understanding of the background and necessity for the Operator Qualification training modules.
  • have a basic understanding of pressure as it relates to natural gas
  • recognize the importance of safety devices and design criteria used in pressure regulating stations
  • be able to describe Spring-Operated regulators and relief valves
  • be able to explain the advantages of a Monitor Regulator System
  • identify, recognize common defects in regulators and relief valves
  • know how to perform Regulator, Relief Valve and Control Valve inspections in accordance with Department of Transportation regulations 49 CFR 192.731, 192.739, 192.743
 
Upon completion of this module the learner will:
  • be able to define terms needed for installing anodes and for leak repair.
  • understand the basic concept of the Galvanic Anode Theory.
  • know the different types of anodes and their uses.
  • understand the basic concept of installing anodes.
  • know the steps needed for using the Cable Bonding Technique and for exothermic welding.
  • have an understanding of soldering and the steps used for a soldering procedure.
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand the precautions and practices to follow when handling and storing plastic pipe.
  • Understand the basic procedure for installing plastic pipe used for natural gas main and service line applications.
  • Understand how to locate main and service line valves and verify feed to mains.
  • Understand the basic procedure for installing transition fittings and Excess Flow Valves.
  • Understand the basic procedure for abandoning and reinstating mains and services.
  • Determine the correct procedure to be used and adhere to the procedure for installing tracer wire.
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner will:
  • Be familiar with the methods used for the direct burial of plastic pipe.
  • Be familiar with the procedures used in direct burial of plastic pipe.
  • Understand the recommended procedures for tie-ins and tapping service punch tees.
  • Be able to determine when squeezing plastic pipe is desirable, as well as be able to follow the squeeze-off procedure to complete the operation.
  • Determine when it is desirable to insert plastic pipe in an existing line, as well as be able to follow the plastic pipe insertion procedure.
  • Explain the procedure for pressure testing mains and services.
  • Understand and be able to perform the procedure for purging mains.
  • Understand the procedures involved in repairing PVC pipe.
  • Determine when it is desirable to insert plastic pipe in an existing line, as well as be able to follow the plastic pipe insertion procedure.
  • Explain the procedure for pressure testing mains and services.
  • Understand and be able to perform the procedure for purging mains.
  • Understand the procedures involved in repairing PVC pipe.
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand the basic procedure for installing steel pipe used for natural gas main and service line applications.
  • Understand how to locate main and service line valves and verify feed to mains.
  • Understand the basic procedure for abandoning and reinstating mains and services.
  • Determine the correct procedure to be used and adhere to the procedure for installing tracer wire.
 
Introduction to corrosion prevention on various types of metals by cathodic protection. Course content includes fundamentals of corrosion focusing on the installation of test stations and test leads. The Course also describes the methods for bonding test leads to the pipe by exothermic (thermite) welding and bond cable selection. Upon completion of this course the learner:
  • Will learn terms needed to discuss exothermic welding and its procedures.
  • Will understand Test Stations and their functions.
  • Will understand the different types of Test Stations used for Pipe To Soil Surveys.
  • Will learn about Test Stations Installation Methods.
  • Will become familiar with Cable Bonding Technique and exothermic welding methods used in the installation of test stations.
  • Will become familiar with Soldering methods used in the installation of test stations.
  • Will have an understanding of materials, spacing and location that is important to the installation of test stations.
 
Course describes fault and stray currents that adversely affect cathodic protection systems. Course content includes recognition of possible fault interference problems and mitigation techniques; install, evaluate and adjusting critical bonds. Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
  • define foreign interference.
  • list the three types/categories of stray current.
  • describe static, dynamic, and AC induced stray current.
  • calculate the total circuit resistance of a given bond.
  • list the medhods to eliminate stray current interference
 
Course describes the internal inspection of pipelines for corrosion. Course content includes inspection of the internal surface of a pipeline when opened, for corrosion and capturing liquid and gas samples from in-service pipelines and sample analysis for indications of internal corrosion, insertion, removal and weighting of coupons to monitor internal corrosion, and injection of corrosion inhibitors. Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of causes of internal corrosion control.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methods of controlling internal corrosion.
  • Describe the types of internal corrosion and the major agents involved.
  • Describe the internal surface inspection requirements for pipelines and the requirements when internal corrosion is found.
  • Describe the importance of pipeline cleanliness and application methods of chemical inhibition of pipeline corrosion.
  • Install and maintain internal corrosion monitoring equipment.
  • Install and maintain chemical inhibitor injection equipment.
  • Perform gas quality tests for hydrogen, carbon dioxide, water, nitrogen, hydrocarbons, oxygen and temperature.
  • Perform an internal pipe inspection on pipe removed from the pipeline system.
 
Procedures for analyzing pipeline accidents and failures. Course content includes gathering facts: investigation of failed section of failed pipe or equipment for laboratory analysis: determining the cause for failures and minimizing the possibility for recurrence; cutting samples of pipe to be analyzed; packing and shipping pipe section to the lab and documentation. The module also reviews requirements for continuing surveillance of pipeline facilities.
 
Procedures for analyzing pipeline leaks, accidents and failures. A Hazard Tree Analysis exercise is included. The module content includes gathering facts; inventigation of failed section of failed pipe or equipment for laboratory analysis; determing the cause for failures and minimizing the possibility for recurrence; documentation.
 
Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Define the different class locations and the "sliding mile" used to determine class locations.
  • Define the frequency of surveys for transmission, jurisdictional gathering and distribution facilities.
  • Define the different types of natural gas facilities that are surveyed.
  • Describe the difference between leak surveys and pipeline patrols.
  • Describe the survey procedure for transmission, jurisdictional gathering and distribution facilities including defining a of "Business District."
 
This course covers the benefits of Lycofit fittings and how an operators employee can become qualified in joining plastic pipe with mechanical fittings, and the procedures for installing various types of couplings. Upon completion of this module:
  • The learner will be able to list the benefits of Lycofit fittings.
  • The learner will be able to state how an employee can become qualified in joining plastic pipe with mechanical fittings.
  • The learner will be able to state the procedures for installing various types of couplings
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner will:
  • OSHA Competent Person Excavation safety requirements.
  • Trenching and Boring safety.
  • Work Area Protection fundamentals.
  • Use of Combustible Gas Indicator (CGI).
 
Upon completion of the course the learner will understand the purpose of odorizing natural gas, usage of odorants, and their applications. Specific topic covered include:
  • Understanding odorization regulation compliance:
  • Federal standard definition.
  • Odorant distribution systems.
  • Odorant class determination.
  • Understanding basic natural gas odorant usage.
  • Component selection.
  • Odorizer equipment usage.
  • Understanding the testing of odorants.
  • Types of testing.
  • Record keeping of odorant usage.
  • Performing odorometer operation and maintenance.
  • Understanding safe handling and storage of odorants.
 
This course covers safety procedures to be followed while making excavations. Upon completion of this module the learner:
  • Will have a general understanding of the regulations governing excavation safety.
  • Will understand many of the specific terms and their definitions relating to excavations.
  • Will understand the conditions and forces that can act upon soil to create the potential for dangerous cave-ins.
  • Will become familiar with the four basic soil types, including visual and manual tests to determine them, and how they relate to excavation safety.
  • Will become familiar with methods used to protect an excavation, including shoring, shielding, and sloping.
 
Course describes Oxy/Acet gas welding and gas Oxy/Acet cutting activities. Overviews of the gas welding and cutting process are described. Course contents includes recognition of hazardous atmospheres and precautions, minimum welding and cutting distances, surface preparation, miter joints, protection the welder for weather, weld reports, weld inspections and removal and repair of unacceptable welds.
 
Recognizing potential problems with survey results and proposing mitigation techniques. Course content includes correctly hook-up multi-meter and take readings. Review possible steps to be taken when readings do not meet DOT criteria. Upon completion of this course the learner:
  • Will have a general understanding of corrosion, the different types of corrosion, and what conditions must be met for it to exist.
  • Will understand what bacterial corrosion is and how it can cause corrosion on metals.
  • Will become familiar with Rectifier troubleshooting and the most common problems identified with rectifiers.
  • Will become familiar with pipe-to-soil surveys and the maintenance and equipment needed to conduct the surveys.
  • Will learn how electrode placement is an important issue when conducting pipe-to-soil surveys.
  • Will understand the use of meters when used to read potentials while conducting pipe-to-soil surveys.
  • Will understand the procedures used to administer a Close Interval Survey.
  • Will have a general understanding of the use of a data logger system and its advantages.
 
Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Recognize construction procedures and conditions present at bridges, stream crossings, ravines, levees, highways and railroad crossings.
  • Recognize special considerations at highway and railroad crossings including permits requirements, cased crossings, boring crossings, depth or cover, angle of crossings, pipe size, surface repairs and pre-tested pipe.
  • Recognize considerations at creek and stream crossings, ravines and levee to prevent pipe movement.
  • Understand DOT pipeline Safety regulations regarding external corrosion control of buried or submerged pipelines.
  • Understand how the use of electrical surveys, review of corrosion history and records of exposed pipe examinations can assist in locating corrosion areas on the pipeline.
  • Recognize procedures to follow when exposed pipe is located including marking exposed pipe and scheduling exposed pipe maintenance.
 
Procedures for making temporary repairs on transmission pipelines. Upon completion of this module the learner:
  • Will know the DOT requirements for repairs on existing pipelines.
  • Will understand the special requirements for repairing Dresser coupled pipelines.
  • Will know the basic steps involved in reinforcement and repair of pipes using Clock Springs and Armor Plate.
  • Will understand special considerations for repairs on new pipelines.
  • Will understand the precautions to be followed during hot and cold cutting and welding
 
This module covers typical maintenance and "smart pigging" procedures for pipeline facilities. Upon completion of this module the learner:
  • Will understand the importance of maintenance pigging.
  • Will be able to identify various types of pigs and understand when each should be used.
  • Will understand what "Smart Pigging" is and its role in preserving the integrity of the pipeline system.
  • Will understand waste disposal methods regarding pigging wastes.
  • Will learn how to launch and receive a pig.
  • Understand the safety issues regarding pig trap closures.
 
Upon completion of this module:
  • The learner will understand the mechanical nature of purging through displacement or dilution.
  • The learner will understand the use of valves, blanks, and physical disconnects for isolating equipment.
  • The learner will understand the process of purging a pipeline with air.
  • The learner will understand the process of purging a pipeline with natural gas.
  • The learner will understand safety precautions to be considered when purging a pipeline
 
Upon completion of this module:
  • The learner will know the steps involved and factors to be considered during a planned shutdown.
  • The learner will know the steps involved in returning a shutdown section to operation and in starting up a new line.
  • The learner will know the basic procedures involved in planning for an emergency shutdown..
  • The learner will know how to prevent accidental ignition during startup and shutdown
 
This course covers the basics of plastic pipe fusion. Upon completion of this module:
  • The learner will have a general understanding of the background and necessity for the Operator Qualification training modules.
  • The learner will have a basic understanding of the different kinds of plastic pipe used in the heat fusion process.
  • The learner will be able to understand the basic principles of heat fusion.
  • The learner will be able to perform the steps involved in the heat fusion process.
  • The learner will be familiar with the qualification procedures used to inspect and test the fused joints.
  • The learner will be familiar with the common safety precautions to take when handling polyethylene pipe.
  • The learner will understand the hazards of static electricity, as well as steps to take to prevent sparks.
 
Scheduled pipe patrols of the natural gas and liquid pipeline system. Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Define the DOT class locations as defined in DOT 192.5.
  • Define the frequency of surveys for transmission, jurisdictional gathering and distribution facilities.
  • Define the different types of natural gas facilities that are patrolled.
  • Describe the difference between leak surveys and pipeline patrols.
  • Describe the patrol procedure for transmission, jurisdictional gathering and distribution facilities.
  • Describe the requirements for installing pipeline marker signs.
  • Formulate a pipeline patrol plan.
  • Describe how to perform a house count using a class location unit map.
  • Describe natural gas detection instruments used during patrols.
  • Describe typical gas migration patterns.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining pipeline patrol records.
  • Describe four leak classes based on model industry procedures
 
Upon completion of this module the learner:
  • Will understand MAOP.
  • Will know the different DOT class locations.
  • Will be able to explain SYMS.
  • Will know how pipe diameter and other pipe data are used in the pipe design formula calculation.
  • Will know types of permits needed when pressure testing pipelines.
  • Will understand how to confirm or revise the MAOP.
  • Will understand the general requirements for system pressure increases.
  • Will be able to explain what an air lock when hydrostatically testing a pipeline.
  • Will be able to describe the concerns while filling a pipeline with water prior to testing and discharging water following the pressure test.
  • Will know how to calculate the minimum and maximum allowable gauge pressures.
  • Will know the procedure for pressure testing distribution systems.
  • Will understand testing requirements for reinstated service lines, temporarily disconnected and abandonment of distribution facilities
 
Course describes steps to minimize accidental ignition of gas and accidental natural gas releases in reference to DOT 192.751. After completing this course the learner will be able to explain the DOT rules governing Accidental Ignition Sources of Natural Gas and describe the steps necessary to eliminate or minimize these dangers including:
  • Define the fire triangle elements.
  • Explain the requirements of DOT regulation 192.751 "Prevention of Accidental Ignition of Natural Gas".
  • List four common ignition sources for escaping natural gas:
    • Hot work (welding/cutting).
    • Open flames (smoking).
    • Static electricity.
    • Internal combustion engines.
  • Describe actions that can be taken to reduce the buildup and/or discharge of static electricity on natural gas piping.
  • Define Hot cutting and welding as it applies to natural gas piping.
  • Define Cold cutting and welding as it applies to natural gas piping.
  • Explain the safety precautions to be taken when cold welding or cutting.
  • Describe how to isolate pipeline segments to minimize the potential of Accidental Ignition of Natural Gas.
 
The purpose of this course is aid learners in understanding requirements for corrosion control of below-ground piping. To comply with DOT standards on this subject you must:
  • Understand the basics of the corrosion process.
  • The Learner will review the DOT regulations regarding external corrosion and remedial actions to be taken in cases of external corrosion on both Transmission and Distribution pipeline systems.
  • Know the basic methods of preparing a pipe surface to be treated for protection against corrosion.
  • Know the specific methods for coating below-ground pipe sections and field joints.
  • Know methods for inspecting, repairing, and handling coated pipe
 
The course describes the steps required to load the compressor cylinders and maintain the operations of a compressor unit after it has been started. Course content includes loading compressor cylinder in sequence for various OEM compressor units, using Operating load curves, monitor pressures, volume of gas compressed, temperatures, panel alarms and flags, and recording and scheduling preventative maintenance.
 
Course content includes factors to consider when responding to emergencies for both natural gas and liquid pipelines Operators. After completing this module:
  • The learner will become familiar with the Department of Transportation definition of Abnormal Operating Conditions.
  • The learner will be able to recognize Abnormal Operating Conditions on a pipeline facitlity.
  • The learner will be able to take safe corrective action(s) regarding Abnormal Operating Conditions to ensure the safety of people first, property and the environment.
  • The learner will be able to explain the difference between "Abnormal Operating Conditions" as defined in the Operator Qualification Rule 192.803 and 195.503 and "Abnormal Operations" as defined in 192.605(c) and 195.402(2).
  • The learner will be able to describe potential "Safety Related Conditions".
  • The learner will have knowledge of the special consideration that should be given to the development of written procedures for the timely analysis of, and follow through on, information obtained through the use of an instrumented (smart) pig.
  • The learner will be able to list typical Abnormal Operating Conditions on a pipeline facility.
  • The learner will be able to rate the level of hazard associated with identified Abnormal Operating Conditions.
 
Upon completion of this module the learner will be able:
  • To determine present system and facilities condition.
  • Review the proposed up-rate pressure.
  • Understand the up-rate plan elements.
  • Write an up-rate plan.
  • Determine system conditions before pressure increases.
  • Maintain the required up-rate records.
  • Procedures for increasing pipeline system operating pressure.
  • Understand required documentation for up-rating.
 
Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of valve operations, perform basic valve maintenance in accordance with the Department of Transportation regulation 49 CFR 192.745 and 192.747. Identify and explain the operation/application of the following types of valves: Gate, Ball, Plug.
  • Demonstrate preventive maintenance for a valve operator.
  • Demonstrate basic operation of lubrication equipment
 
Introduction to valve operators and maintenance for Transmission and Distributions operations, and the requirements for their inspection and maintenance. Course content includes typical valve operators including rotary, linear, pneumatic and diaphragm types valve operator design and components, and documentation of maintenance. The learner will be able to demonstrate preventive maintenance for a valve operator and demonstrate basic operation of lubrication equipment
 
Course describes the required welding procedures and specifications for a girth weld. Course content includes minimum length of repairs per weld, limits on the number of repairs allowed, defect identifiable by non-destructive testing (xray), cracks that are non-repairable, preheating pipe and circumstances when cleaning tips is permitted. Course describes the required welding procedures and specification. Course content includes a review of the design and test welding specification and qualifications, an overview of API1104 and ASME IX standards
 
PREREQUISITE: 19OQWELD-Electric Arc WELDING
Course describes methods of qualification welders. Course content includes maintenance of welding and cutting equipment, methods of test weld specimens, overview of API1104, DOT Appendix C and ASME IX standards.