18-Week Advanced Pipe Welding Training
The Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center was the site of the first ever stand alone pipe welding course done in Alaska. This pipe welding training was developed and taught by the Fairbanks Area Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship program. The program was an eighteen (18) week accelerated pipe welding program from August – December 2013. Recruitment was open to the general public and recruitment was statewide. Some prior welding experience was required. Participants were provided training in various pipe welding methods as required in pipeline construction.
In response for a demand for qualified B-70 drivers by Teamsters 959, the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center worked with the Alaska Teamsters Employers Service Training Trust and Alaska Frontier Construction (who supplied a B-70 from its North Slope Operations) and a qualified instructor to train Alaskans in truck driving operations prior to the start-up of winter construction.
12th Annual Pipeline Trades Academy
The Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center held its annual joint pipeline training with the four pipeline trades at its 45 acre pipeline field site. This annual exercise has now developed into a month long arctic training event. This training allows pipeline crews to work together in a lateral assembly line building mainline pipelines. The work involves most all aspects of mainline pipeline construction, including mobilization, right-of-way preparation, trucking, loading and unloading of materials, equipment and supplies, stringing, fabrication and installation of vertical support members, cutting, grinding, beveling, welding, operation of heavy pipeline equipment, such as sideboom pipelayer tractors, cranes, excavators, boom truck operations, surveying, coating and insulation applications and demobilization operations. Approximately 120 Alaskans participated in this year’s event. The pipeline training was funded by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s STEP program.
New High School Welding Course Held at Center
Another first at the Center was a new advanced pipe welding class for Area High School students. Twelve (12) high school welding students were chosen by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to attend a spring semester class at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center’s new Welding Facility. Students enrolled in the class were given specialized welding instruction for two days a week after school from January – May 2013. This course was taught by an instructor from the School District and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship program.
The Center’s Construction Trades Facility, operated by Alaska Works Partnership (AWP) had another successful year offering training to Alaskans. Approximately 223 students received training and/or health and safety certifications during the fiscal year. These included training for high school and middle school students in Introduction to the Trades, Power Tools, Exploring the Trades, and Middle School Workshops. AWP, an Alaska Construction Academy provider, offered numerous workshops in Carpentry, Weatherization, Print Reading, Commercial Energy Efficiencies and Introduction to Welding. Their nationally recognized “Women in the Trades Program” and “Helmets to Hardhats Program” for returning veterans continued to be offered 2013.
The Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center continued its partnership with the Center for Employment Education (CEE) and Alaska Teamsters Employer Service Training Trust (ATESTT) by offering commercial truck driving training and certifications to over five hundred Alaskans at its 45 acre field site. Courses were held daily in CDL certifications, Fast Track CDL A, 5, 10 & 20 hour Individualized road skills, CSL A or B driver training with road test, passenger bus endorsements, CDL A/B refresher driving training only classes, CDL Permit and Endorsement Preparatory courses, Long Commercial Vehicle (LCV). While courses offered were primarily in driving, some specialized training in Forklift, Vac truck, Ready mix driver training, boom truck, construction driving and Hazardous Awareness classes were held in the year.