Continuing Education to offer natural gas, shale industry courses

January 11, 2013

In an effort to prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica shale industry, the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering a series of training programs in conjunction with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) in Williamsport.

ShaleTEC is a collaboration between Penn College and Penn State Extension designed to provide a wide variety of resources to the community as well as the oil and gas industry.

The following courses will be held at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

-- PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation will be held 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24. The course is designed to take the place of multiple operator orientations and give each participant a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry -- upstream, downstream, onshore or offshore. This course meets API RP 75 and API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic, awareness-level understanding of certain general safety information that an employee should know before entering a company facility and while performing assigned work duties.

-- Shell Bluebook Orientation will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and provides participants with an awareness of Shell's commitment to pursue the goal of no harm to people or the environment as well as the minimum expectations for working safely on a Shell location. It describes Shell's systematic approach in meeting and exceeding compliance with the law, identification and management of HSE risks, and respect for local communities. This training also describes the Shell Golden Rules and 12 Life-Saving Rules.

-- Hazard Recognition Plus (HRP) from Decision Point Associates will be offered 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25. The course goal is to help individuals prevent incidents by educating and coaching them on how to accurately recognize and manage hazards when planning, evaluating and conducting jobs. The HRP Process is built on extensive research and used by more than a dozen multi-national companies in 16 countries. HRP is a leading workplace safety technology that helps work teams communicate clearly about hazards. HRP supports existing job planning processes such as job safety analysis, safety observations, Stop-Work interventions, and health, safety and environmental management systems.

For more information regarding ShaleTEC courses or to register for courses, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at or 724-773-3700, visit or, or call 570-327-4775.


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Last Updated January 18, 2013