Central Tech’s New Pipeline & Safety Training Center Meets Industry Needs
Pictured left-right: Phil Waul, Superintendent; Board Members, Fred Caudle, Joe Naifeh and Dave Roberts, Representative Lee Denney, Senator Brian Bingman, Representative Dennis Casey and Senator Jim Halligan.
Central Tech, industry leaders, legislators and distinguished guests celebrated the opening of the new Pipeline & Safety Training Center at the Drumright campus on Thursday with a polyethylene pipe cutting (instead of the traditional ribbon) and comments by Senate Pro Temp Brian Bingman and Representative Lee Denney. A special presentation was made by Central Tech Board President, Fred Caudle, to officially name the facility the Phil Waul Pipeline and Safety Training Center.
“This is Oklahoma’s first oil and gas, pipeline and storage training facility dedicated to technical training that leads to high wage careers in the pipeline division of the oil and gas industry,” said Phil Waul, Central Tech Superintendent. “It is totally customized to meet the technical training needs of the oil and gas pipeline industry.”
The Center includes fully-simulated oil and gas computer controls, pipeline maintenance equipment, monitors, laboratories, simulators, computer systems and storage facilities necessary for training pipeline maintenance technicians and providing students with a realistic training experience. The five-acre site includes three acres designated to outdoor training.
“Central Tech’s business and industry training increased by nearly 500% since the division expanded to include safety training and meet federal oil and gas regulations in 2005,” said Ron Dyer, Central Tech Assistant Superintendent. “The Central Tech district is home to the Pipeline Crossroads of the World, the center of the nation’s busiest pipeline region. Cushing, Okla., a major hub in oil transport, is critical to our national security and vital to the Oklahoma economy.”
Senator Brian Bingman and Representative Lee Denney showed appreciation for Central Tech’s visionary approach to meeting the needs of the oil and gas industry.
“Cushing is home to 13 oil companies with facilities capable of storing 60 million barrels of oil. It is estimated that the facilities will have a capacity of 65 million barrels by the end of 2012 and continue growing into 2017,” Representative Lee Denney said.
“Central Tech is a leader in technical education and workforce development and as a result of industry training, businesses increase productivity, enjoy a higher qualified workforce and thrive in a safe environment,” Waul said.
The Center is a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Accredited Assessment Center as well as a NCCER Accredited Training Center. Central Tech also provides Veriforce evaluations and ISNetWorld website establishment.
While the Center is built on the cutting-edge of technology with the future in mind, the walls are adorned with photos of the past, reminding those who walk the halls of the roots of the industry. The photos were taken from glass plate negatives courtesy of the R.A. Sellers family; most are from the year 1914, with some a few years later.
Central Tech invites you to view the photos as well as visit and tour the new Pipeline & Safety Training Center during Central Tech’s annual Open House February 19, 2012 from 1-4pm.
For additional information view Central Tech Pipeline Fact Sheet.
For more information about Central Tech, please visit www.centraltech.edu.
By Julie Griffin, Public Relations Specialist, Central Technology Center email@example.com
Posted December 15, 2011