"A well-equipped and highly trained workforce helps reduce risk and keep our customers and communities safe, and ultimately provides a better customer experience," said
The new center features modern, innovative teaching environments designed to train new employees, employees transitioning into higher-skilled positions and for current employees enhancing their skills. In addition to serving company employees, the center will be used for coordinated training with local emergency responders on responding to natural gas emergencies.
Hands on, Controlled Environments
One of the main features of the center is the outdoor "
For more information regarding the training center, the talented people leading the company's training and how the center benefits employees and the communities the company serves, visit http://www.columbiagaspa.com/training.
Other features include:
- Simulator Area. Training simulators will be used as a way for employees to experience various work activities in a controlled and safe environment. For example, a slip, trip -and-fall simulator will teach employees how to avoid falls, which are the leading cause of lost-time injuries at
NiSourceand most utilities. It also includes an excavator simulator and health and safety simulators. Hands-on Labs. Areas designated for hands-on instruction and practice. The "service" lab contains a variety of gas appliances, allowing employees to learn how to safely relight equipment and to identify improper operation. The "street crew" lab allows employees to practice laying new distribution pipelines, operating valves, and responding to emergency situations. The "measurement and regulation" lab allows employees to practice maintaining system meters and regulators using compressed air.
- Demonstration Areas: Trainers will gather equipment and material from across the company to use in demonstrations. This will include understanding the operation of older equipment still in service and the new equipment used to replace it. Due to the age of our distribution system, over time materials and installation practices have changed. Through the demonstration area, employees will learn how to recognize and replace obsolete equipment.
Excavator School. A designated outdoor space where excavator operators can practice maneuvering the heavy equipment in a safe, controlled environment, and a complement to the classroom simulator. Fire Safety Training Area. A controlled outdoor area to practice fighting natural gas fires in monitored exercises. Trainers are able to start and stop the controlled fires with specially designed valves while other instructors stand alongside students as they extinguish the fire.
In designing the new training centers,
"With a changing workforce and changing technology, training the utility worker of today is much different than training was just a few years ago," said
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