Courses are open for those interested in natural gas, shale industries

December 14, 2012

In an effort to prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica shales 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, and the oil and gas industry.

“PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation” will be offered 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday (Dec. 19). The course covers multiple operator orientations and gives participants a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry, i.e. 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. 24. The upstream America's HSE Contractor Orientation 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 our local communities. This training also describes the Shell Golden Rules and Twelve Life-Saving Rules.

“Hazard Recognition Plus (HRP) from Decision Point Associates” will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. This is a simple systematic and worker-oriented hazard recognition thought process that can be applied in any workplace. The course goal is to aid workers in preventing 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; health, safety and environmental management systems, and Stop-Work interventions.

Beaver campus and ShaleTEC emphasize that the demand for trained workers to support the various occupations associated with the development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources continues to grow. According to ShaleTEC studies, each well requires a workforce of approximately 420 individuals, working across 150 different occupations.

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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