International Pipeline Training Course




THE 2017-2018 PIPELINE SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATIONS FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE (below)


Once your application is completed you must have it signed by the Business Manager, once the Business Manager has signed your application you must send it directly to the National Pipeline Training Fund Office. The NPTF's contact information can be found in the top right hand corner of the application.

There is a demand for operators in the pipeline construction industry resulting in a need for expanded training to supply qualified workers. The National Pipeline Training Fund (NPTF), which was established by IUOE and the Pipe Line Contractors Association, provides financial support for a comprehensive pipeline training program. The NPTF sponsors three-week classes annually and offers additional training courses for bending engineering and the John Henry rock drill. Classes are offered regionally at various local  Union training sites throughout the U.S.

Training classes use up-to-date pipeline equipment, including angle dozers, excavators, side booms and a pipe bending machine and all participants receive illustrated workbooks specific to that equipment. The availability of this equipment improves hands-on accessibility and allows IUOE members to learn skills that are directly applicable to pipeline work. The basic course includes pipeline work orientation, digging and grading procedures, hand signals, maintenance, pipeline terms, and the significance of the Job Steward’s duties and responsibilities.  The classroom segment of the course covers a wide variety of material including general pipeline construction practices and innovations, the clearing process and restoration techniques and the history of the pipeline industry.  Participants gain an understanding of the rationale for using different pipeline equipment.  Safety principles are an essential part of the course.