PPS partners with SUNY Orange and Northeast Gas Association for Gas Operator Training

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - SUNY Orange, in partnership with Precision Pipeline Solutions and Northeast Gas Association, announces its upcoming New Construction Gas Operator Training program will begin on June 15.

This summer's three-week training program marks the fourth class offered jointly by the College and Precision Pipeline and follows three highly successful courses held over the past year. In all, 34 people have graduated from the first three classes, and approximately 90 percent of the graduates from the initial two courses found employment in the industry, many with Precision Pipeline. Placement results from the recently completed class in April are still pending.

"Through the New Construction Gas Operator Program, SUNY Orange has become a catalyst to putting many veterans, unemployed and underemployed job seekers to work at steady well-paying jobs," says Jon Selander, founder and CEO of Precision Pipeline Solutions.  "The collaborative partnership between Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange has resulted in qualified individuals supporting PPS's growth and becoming PPS's leaders of tomorrow."

Classes are conducted, in part, at Precision Pipeline's newly renovated facility that offers state-of-the-art technology for students, who will be trained by instructors from the Northeast Gas Association, Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange. The program--partially funded by a Job Innovation Accelerator (JIAC) grant and a Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant--is also being supported by Orange County's Workforce Investment Board and Veteran's Services Agency.

The program will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a total of 120 hours of instruction. Times for the hands-on training elements of the course may vary. The program features training in the following areas: pipe fitting, fusion, installation and inspection; leak detection and gas meter regulation; accident awareness and prevention; blue print and pipeline drawings; and workplace competencies, communication and teamwork skills. Students must be 18 years of age to participate. Those who successfully complete program will receive a program certificate and industry credential from Northeast Gas Association, and will receive job search assistance with local pipeline installation employers. Full scholarships are available. There is a $25 registration fee.

For more information on participant requirements, contact Patricia Kelly, SUNY Orange JIAC Grant Coordinator at (845) 341-9021, or Christine Trieste, SUNY Orange TAACCCT Grant Coordinator, at (845) 341-9718. Information is also available at www.sunyorange.edu/go/training.