Certified safety professionals
Certified Health & Safety Technician
Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC)
Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI)
From the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, (PHMSA), “The Operator Qualification rule was adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations under Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195. Under the rule, each pipeline operator is responsible for developing an OQ program, following their written OQ plan, establishing a covered task list applicable to their system, and defining the training and qualification requirements for personnel performing covered tasks on their pipeline facility. It is the operator's responsibility to ensure their contractors and vendors comply with their program requirements.
PHMSA makes technical reference materials available related to OQ. Natural gas and hazardous liquid operators may access these technical materials to better understand and comply with OQ regulatory requirements.”
Midwestern Contractors (MWC) is certified to administer the following operator qualification curriculums, NCCER, MEA, OQSG and Veriforce.
Midwestern Contractors is certified to teach OSHA 10 and 30 courses. Most of our workforce has OSHA 10 and all foremen have OSHA 30 training. Our safety director has OSHA 500. This course is designed for those who are interested in teaching OSHA’s 10-hour and 30-hour construction safety and health outreach classes to employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10-hour and 30-hour classes as well as on those that are the most hazardous in the construction industry. Participants learn effective instructional approaches, adult learning principles, and training techniques. Participants learn to clearly identify, define, and explain construction industry hazards and acceptable corrective measures as they teach 10-hour and 30-hour construction outreach courses. This course authorizes the student to become a trainer in the Outreach Program and to conduct both 10-hour and 30-hour construction safety and health courses, and to issue student completion cards to participants.
Many products are used to build energy infrastructure. These products include pipe, fittings, sandblast medium, underground coatings, above ground coatings, paint, electrical and instrumentation components, concrete, pipe supports, etc. Different types of qualifications are required for their installation. In some cases the skills learned by tradesmen as they work towards journeymen status are more than sufficient, e.gWelders passing tests can install piping systems. With other products manufacturer or operating company standards must be adhered to. Finally some manufacturers offer training on their products. MWC provides this type of training to our employees. It is one step in our quality assurance process to be certain that every component of a pipeline or station is installed correctly.
Welders gain experience, knowledge and competence by serving 5 yearn apprenticeship and working their way to Journeyman status with the skills of a competent fitter.
Each operating company develops weld procedures and interprets the API 1104 standard in different ways. Some limits cannot be exceeded. For example inadequate penetration, incomplete fusion, slag inclusions, porosity and cluster porosity have extremely tight limits. Still this results in specific testing requirements for each company we work for. Our welders must be able to pass multiple tests to work on various projects. The qualification only lasts for one year. Every year our welders are taking multiple tests to make certain that they can produce high quality welds on a consistent basis.
The soundness of qualification welds are verified by x-ray and destructive tests. Production welds are always verified through non-destructive testing, typically by x-ray. Additionally Hydrostatic or pressure testing ensures that the entire assembly will withstand more than the design pressure.