Operator Qualification (OQ)

Operator Qualification (OQ)

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“To assure safety in the transport of hazardous gases and liquids in the nation's pipelines, pipeline operators who perform covered tasks must be qualified. Qualified means that an individual has been evaluated and can perform assigned covered tasks and recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions.” Operator Qualification (OQ) Training Requirements; U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) http://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/tq/oq

ARC Randolph & Associates, LLC is the industry’s first choice for cost-effective, instructor-led Operator Qualification (OQ) programming. Call us and let our IACET (International Association for Continuing Education & Training) certified evaluators/instructors bring their years of operations experience onsite to your workplace for Operator Qualification or Requalification in the following:

F-1 Join Plastic Pipe with Heat Fusion

  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Butt Fusion: Manual
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Butt Fusion: Hydraulic
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Sidewall Heat Fusion
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Electrofusion
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Socket Heat Fusion

F-2 Join Plastic Pipe with Mechanical Fittings

  • Joining of Plastic Pipe – Stab Fittings
  • Joining of Pipe – Non-Bottom Out Compression Couplings
  • Joining of Pipe – Bottom Out Compression Couplings
  • Joining of Pipe – Compression Couplings

F-5 Visually Inspect Polyethylene Pipe Joints for Indicators of Proper Construction/Assembly

  • Visually Inspect Butt Fused Polyethylene Pipe
  • Visually Inspect Socket Fused Polyethylene Pipe
  • Visually Inspect Sidewall Fused Polyethylene Pipe
  • Visually Inspect Mechanical Fittings on Polyethylene Pipe
  • Visually Inspect Electrofusion Fittings on Polyethylene Pipe

G-1 Verify Excavating and Backfilling Operations That Minimize Excavation Damage to Pipeline

  • Verified the Correct Marking of Permanently Marked Underground Pipeline Facilities
  • Verified the Correct Marking of Temporarily Marked Underground Pipeline Facilities
  • Inspected and Assured the Correct Performance of Backfilling Activities
  • Assured the Performance of Damage Prevention Activities During Excavation Activities by or on Behalf of the Operator
  • Damage Prevention Inspections During Third Party Excavation or Encroachment Activities as Determined Necessary by Operator
  • Provided or Assured Adequate Pipeline Support During Operator Initiated Excavation Activities

G-2 Identify Basic Installation Methods for Mains and Transmission Pipelines

  • Visual Inspection of Pipe and Components Prior to Installation
  • Installation of Steel Pipe in a Ditch
  • Installation of Steel Pipe in a Bore
  • Installation of Steel Pipe by Plowing/Pull-In
  • Field Bending of Steel Pipe
  • Installation of Plastic Pipe in a Ditch
  • Installation of Plastic Pipe in a Bore
  • Installation of Plastic Pipe by Plowing/Pull-In
  • Installation of Plastic Pipe by Plowing/Planting
  • Installation of Tracer Wire
  • Installation of Pipe Above Ground
  • Installation and Maintenance of Casing Spacers, Vents and Seals

G-3 Install Aboveground Pipelines

  • Visual Inspection of Pipe and Components Prior to Installation
  • Installation of Aboveground Pipe
  • Aboveground Supports and Anchors: Inspection, Preventive, and Corrective Maintenance

H-1 Install Customer Gas Meter and Regulator Sets

  • Joining of Pipe – Threaded Joints
  • Joining of Pipe – Flange Assembly
  • Installation of Customer Meters and Regulators – Residential and Small Commercial
  • Install Customer Meters – Large Commercial and Industrial

H-2 Install Customer Gas Service Lines

  • Installation of Steel Pipe in a Ditch
  • Installation of Plastic Pipe in a Ditch
  • Installation of Tracer Wire
  • Inspected and Assured the Correct Performance of Backfilling Operations

H-3 Deactivate Gas Metering Services

  • Perform Customer Gas Service Turn Off

H-4 Identify Proper Installation of Residential Customer Service Line Valves

  • Install/Replace Service Line Valves Upstream of Customer Meter

I-1 Perform Pipe-to-Soil Potential Surveys on Effectively Coated or Submerged Pipelines

  • Measure Structure to Electrolyte Potential

I-2 Determine Areas of Active Corrosion Using Close Interval Survey Methods

  • Conduct Close Interval Survey

I-3 Measure Soil Resistivity

  • Measure Soil Resistivity

I-4 Inspect the External Condition of Exposed Buried Metal Piping to Determine if Repair or Replacement is Necessary

  • Visual Inspection of Buried Pipe and Components When Exposed Measure External Corrosion
  • Determine Appropriate Remedial Measures for Corrosion Control and Notification of Proper Personnel

I-5 Inspect and Maintain Rectifiers

  • Inspect Rectifier and Obtain Readings
  • Maintain Rectifiers

I-6 Inspect for the Effects of Interference Current

  • Inspect or Test Cathodic Protection Bonds

I-7 Install Test Leads to Monitor and Control External Corrosion

  • Installation and Maintenance of Mechanical Electrical Connections
  • Installation of Exothermic Electrical Connections

I-8 Install and Test Insulation to Control External Corrosion by Electrical Isolation

  • Inspect or Test Cathodic Protection Electrical Isolation Devices
  • Install Cathodic Protection Electrical Isolation Devices

I-9 Inspect for Evidence of Internal Corrosion

  • Insert and Remove Coupons/Probes for Internal Corrosion Monitoring
  • Visual Inspection for Internal Corrosion
  • Measure Internal Corrosion

I-10 Inspect and Monitor Exposed Piping for Evidence of Atmospheric Corrosion

  • Visual Inspection for Atmospheric Corrosion
  • Measure Atmospheric Corrosion

I-11 Install Sacrificial Anodes and Test Stations

  • Install Sacrificial Anodes
  • Installation and Maintenance of Mechanical Electrical Connections
  • Installation of Exothermic Electrical Connections

I-12 Measure the Extent of Corrosion on Pipeline Facilities

  • Measure Internal Corrosion
  • Measure Atmospheric Corrosion

I-13 Identify Procedures Basic to Inspecting, Applying, and Repairing Pipeline Coatings

  • Visual Inspection of Buried Pipe and Components When Exposed
  • Coating Application and Repair – Brushed or Rolled
  • Coating Application and Repair – Sprayed
  • External Coating Application and Repair – Wrapped

L-1 Tap Pipelines Under Pressure

  • Tapping a Pipeline (Tap Diameter 2 Inch or Less)
  • Tapping a Pipeline (Tap Diameter Greater Than 2 Inch)
  • Tapping Cast and Ductile Iron Pipe, and Low Pressure Steel Pipe

L-1a Hot Tapping Pipelines Using Self-Tapping Tees

  • Tapping a Pipeline with a Built-In Cutter

L-2 Purge Pipelines (Small & Large Diameter)

  • Purge – Flammable or Inert Gas
  • Purge – Hazardous Liquids

L-3a Monitor Odorant Levels

  • Odorization – Periodic Sampling

L-4 Monitor and Regulate the Flow and Pressure of Gas from Remote Locations

  • Operate Gas Pipeline – System Control Center
  • Operate Gas Pipeline – Local Facility Remote-Control Operations

M-1 Perform Patrol and Leakage Surveys on Gas Pipeline Facilities

  • Outside Gas Leak Investigation
  • Walking Gas Leakage Survey
  • Mobile Gas Leakage Survey – Flame Ionization
  • Mobile Gas Leakage Survey – Optical Methane
  • Inspect Pipeline Surface Conditions – Patrol Right-of-Way or Easement

M-2 Locate and Mark Underground Facilities

  • Locate Underground Pipelines
  • Install and Maintain Pipeline Markers
  • Temporarily Mark Underground Pipeline Facilities

M-3 Pressure Testing Gas Pipelines

  • Pressure Test Pipelines – Non-Liquid Medium – MAOP Less Than 100 psi
  • Pressure Test Pipelines – Non-Liquid Medium – MAOP Greater Than or Equal to 100 psi
  • Pressure Test Pipelines – Liquid Medium
  • Leak Test at Operating Pressure

M-4 Inspect and Test Pressure Limit Stations, Relief Devices and Pressure Regulating Stations

  • Spring-Loaded Pressure Regulating Device – Inspection and Testing, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
  • Pilot-Operated Pressure Regulating Device – Inspection, Testing, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
  • Controller Type Pressure Regulating Device –Inspection, Testing, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
  • Spring-Loaded Pressure Limiting and Relief Device – Inspection, Testing, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
  • Pilot-Operated Pressure Limiting and Relief Device – Inspection, Testing, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
  • Pneumatic Loaded Pressure Limiting and Relief Device – Inspection, Testing, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
  • Vault Inspection and Maintenance

M-5 Inspect, Service, and Operate Line Valves

  • Manually Opening and Closing Valves
  • Adjust and Monitor Flow or Pressure – Manual Valve Operation
  • Valve – Visual Inspection and Partial Operation
  • Valve – Preventive Maintenance

M-5a Inspect Emergency Valves

  • Valve – Visual Inspection and Partial Operation

M-6 Monitor Compressor Station Gas Detection Equipment

  • Routine Calibration of Transmitters
  • Verify Proper Operation of Alarm System
  • Trouble-Shooting: Sensor Replacement
  • Trouble-Shooting: Transmitter Circuit Board

M-7 Prevent Accidental Ignition

M-8 Make Field Repairs on Gas Pipelines

  • Visual Inspection of Installed Pipe and Components for Mechanical Damage
  • Measure and Characterize Mechanical Damage on Installed Pipe and Components
  • Visually Inspect Pipe and Components Prior to Installation
  • Install Mechanical Clamps and Sleeves - Bolted
  • Fit-Up of Weld Type Repair Sleeves
  • Repair of Steel Pipe by Grinding
  • Squeeze Off Plastic Pipe

M-9 Repair and Protect Cast Iron Pipe

  • Cast-Iron Caulked Bell and Spigot Joints – Installation and Maintenance of Mechanical Leak Clamp(s)
  • Cast Iron Joints – Sealing: Encapsulation
  • Internal Sealing – Cast Iron and Ductile Iron

M-10 Abandon or Deactivate Gas Pipeline Facilities

  • Temporary Isolation of Service Lines and Service Discontinuance
  • Abandon/Deactivate Mains
  • Abandon/Deactivate Service Lines

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