A good pipeline contractor is hard to come by especially because there is no trade school to become a pipeline project manager or superintendent. The only way to really learn pipeline construction is to work directly for pipeline construction companies. In some cases, there is no formal in-house training offered and new employees simply go out in the field and learn hands-on from their associates. Pipeline contractors may have had decades of field experience, learning the company’s culture along the way, to get the basics. However, some things just tend to get missed when lacking formal training.
To solve this problem, Kana Pipeline developed its own in-house pipeline contractor training program for its future Superintendents and Project Managers – those who are directly involved with contract work.
This program will serve to educate new employees about wet utility underground pipeline construction and help guarantee long term employment with Kana Pipeline. Even more, this program allows the Company to expand its industry success by realizing future growth as the pipeline contractor of choice on large commercial and residential construction projects.
The old adage, “I can’t get a job because I don’t have experience, but I can’t get experience unless I get a job” is very common in this trade. This, combined with the perception that industry does not provide formal training adds heartfelt disappointment. That is another reason why Kana Pipeline is taking steps to change this after nearly 30 years of experience as an underground pipeline contractor of private and public sector projects. Informally known as “Kana University,” this strictly in-house educational program is designed to introduce college graduates into rewarding careers by becoming pipeline contractor project managers and superintendents.
Kana Pipeline is presenting an 18-month paid pipeline contractor apprenticeship program offering classroom style teaching and hands-on training of skills common to a pipeline contractor. Training starts with construction safety to complete the OSHA 30 Safety certification. This certification includes training in injury and illness prevention, job hazard analysis, job safety analysis, creating traffic control plans, confined space training, shoring, and becoming ‘Competent Person’ certified in operating heavy duty equipment.
Training continues into office administration to follow the paper trail of a pipeline contractor. This presents an opportunity to connect the crucial field paperwork to various departments that utilize the information provided. Apprentices will also have an opportunity to learn about pipeline construction by following a project through its life cycle from estimating, contracting, scheduling of manpower, equipment, and supplies as well as budgeting. They will then take these skills into the field on active jobsites.
A unique feature of Kana University is the Leadership and Management course that is integrated into the curriculum. All instruction is taught by successful industry professionals with substantial years of experience as pipeline construction contractors. Kana Pipeline’s new apprenticeship training program began March 2013, and is just one of several plans to further its success as a wet utility pipeline contractor.