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Natural Gas Field Skills Training Available as Online Modules


​Natural Gas Field Skills Training is a series of online training modules for field workers involved in natural gas operations and maintenance. Its aim is to help prepare field workers for safe, effective on-the-job performance and to prepare them for Operator Qualification assessments.

​This versatile program is offered as online, self-study modules or as materials for your own instructor-led training. Flexibility is built into the program: As a supervisor, you can train your workers online or in your own classroom, or you can blend the two options to meet your needs. Supervisors or individuals can also choose only the modules that they need.

Who Will Benefit?

  • New or inexperienced natural gas field operations employees
  • Field supervisors or field management who need to enhance their experience in specific areas
  • Third-party contractors who offer services to the natural gas industry

  • The training is organized by category, and each category contains several modules. A module can be taken on its own, or modules from one or several categories may be combined. Each module listed below is linked to a more detailed description of its content.

    Online Training

    (Click on a course title below for a description of the course and to purchase the course individually. Or purchase all 77 modules in this bundle at a reduced price.)

    General Knowledge
  • Introduction to Operator Qualification
  • Overview of the Gas Industry
  • Regulatory Audits
  • Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP)
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  • Perform Construction Practices
  • Excavate Near a Gas Pipeline
  • Perform Vacuum Excavation
  • Perform Keyhole Technology
  • Backfill an Excavation
  • Install Shoring in an Excavation
  • Perform Horizontal Directional Drilling
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    Corrosion Control
  • Measure Pipe to Soil Potential
  • Install and Test Insulators
  • Conduct a Soil Resistance Survey
  • Attach a Wire Using a Thermite Weld
  • Test for and Clearing of Shorts
  • Install an Anode and Test Station
  • Inspect and Maintain a Rectifier
  • Inspect for Atmospheric Corrosion
  • Conduct Interference Testing
  • Inspect for Internal Corrosion
  • Measure for Internal and External Corrosion
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    Pipeline Installation
  • Inspect Condition of Pipe
  • Install Steel Pipe
  • Install Polyethylene (PE) Pipe
  • Install Tracer Wire
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    Pipe Joining
  • Join Polyethy​lene Pipe: Stab Fittings
  • Join Pipe: Compression Couplings
  • Join Polyethylene Pipe: Butt Heat Fusion—Manual Unit
  • Join Polyethylene Pipe: Butt Heat Fusion—Hydraulic Unit
  • Join Polyethylene Pipe: Sidewall Heat Fusion
  • Join Polyethylene Pipe: Electrofusion
  • Join Polyethylene Pipe: Socket Heat Fusion
  • Inspect a Polyethylene Pipe Fusion Joint
  • Weld Steel Pipe
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    Pipeline Operations and Maintenance
  • Inspect, Operate and Maintain a Valve
  • Conduct a Pressure Test
  • Abandon a Pipeline Facility
  • Operate and Inspect a Pressure Recording Gauge
  • Perform Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of Welds
  • Repair Cast Iron Pipe Joints
  • Apply External Pipe Coating
  • Perform Indirect Inspection Techniques
  • Install Mechanical Clamps and Repair Sleeves
  • Tap a Pipeline Under Pressure
  • Stop Flow in a Pipeline Under Pressure
  • Tie-in Service Pipe (From Main)
  • Perform a Hot Tap on a Polyethylene Pipe
  • Squeeze-Off a Pipeline
  • Operate and Maintain an Odorizer
  • Monitor Odorization By Periodic Sampling
  • Conduct an Inside Leak Investigation
  • Investigate and Classify an Outside Leak
  • Conduct a Walking Leak Survey
  • Perform a Mobile Leak Survey
  • Locate Underground Pipelines
  • Patrol and Maintain a Pipeline Right-of-Way
  • Conduct a Purge on a Pipeline
  • Repair/Tie-in Polyethlene Pipe
  • Repair/Tie-in Steel Pipe
  • Repair/Tie-In Cast Iron Pipe
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    Gas Control and Pressure Regulation
  • Regulator Operation and Fundamentals
  • Uprate the Pressure on a Pipeline System
  • Operate and Test Overpressure Protection Equipment
  • Control/Monitor Gas Pressure and Flow
  • Inspect and Maintain a Regulator Vault
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    Customer Service Operations
  • Activate/Terminate a Gas Service
  • Install a Meter and Regulator
  • Test Customer Piping
  • Investigate and Resolve a No Gas/Poor Supply Condition
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    Station Operation and Maintenance
  • Operate a Pipeline Compressor Station
  • Maintain a Pipeline Compressor Station
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    Emergency Preparedness
  • Identify the Properties and Characteristics of Natural Gas
  • Recognize and React to Abnormal Operating Conditions
  • Communicate Public Awareness
  • Investigate and Report an Incident
  • Respond to an Emergency
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    These modules are also available as training materials for your own in-house instructor-led training. For more information about this option, contact Vanessa O’Neil, Vanessa.oneil@gastechnology.org or 847-768-0560.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​