The annual pipeline training event held in Fairbanks is the only one if its kind in the nation. For two weeks each year, trainees learn the skills and teamwork needed to build a cross-country, large-diameter pipeline across Alaska. Training as a combined workforce, students receive quality hands-on instruction in conditions similar to those they will experience on the job. Teamsters Local 959, Operators Local 302, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 375 and Laborers Local 942 and 341 provided the training.
Safety is paramount in teaching workers the skills needed to build a pipeline like those found on Alaska’s North Slope. Each stage of pipeline construction is orchestrated so that the work flows safely and efficiently between the specially trained crews. The 2010 annual pipeline training event marked its ninth year with a perfect safety record. In more than 100,000 hours of training, there has never been a lost-time accident.
AWP provides occupational safety courses for pipeline workers throughout the year at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center. Last year, 19 health and safety courses were offered to certify and upgrade worker skills. Five hundred twenty (520) individuals were trained and 750 occupational safety certificates awarded.
For more information contact Randy Cheap, AWP Field Representative 1-907-457-2597