If you are looking for work in pipeline construction, there is a new web site designed specifically to make it easier to find jobs and learn what is new in this growing field.
The new site, www.Teamsterspipeline.com, provides members with valuable tools and information regarding pipeline work, training and general news. In addition, the new site also works to match workers with jobs and training through an exclusive database.
Just prior to launching the site, the Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund (TNPTF) and the Teamsters National Pipeline Labor Management Cooperation Trust (TNPLMCT) coordinated a meeting with several pipeline contractors. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss training needs for pipeline construction scheduled in 2010 and to review the newly developed Teamster pipeline industry web site.
“This was the first time we sat down with a group of contractors to review their training needs and critique the training that was currently being provided,” said Ed Jacobson, Director of the Teamsters Building Material and Construction Trade Division. “The contractors have a continuing concern regarding workers who have all the necessary regulatory qualifications and sufficient experience to perform the difficult driving tasks required to haul pipe on a steerable stringer trailer. Contractors would like the Training Fund to consider giving priority to applicants for training that have had their commercial driver’s license for three years with experience driving in the construction industry.”
Although not a specific requirement, the contractors also wanted the Training Fund to encourage all pipeline construction workers to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. The reason behind obtaining this card is that many “racking” operations take place in port facilities and rail yards regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Without this credential a Teamster driver or worker may not be able to enter the facility where pipe is being picked up. This credential may enhance the workers ability to obtain work.
Another area discussed was enhancing the curriculum to provide a strong emphasis on Stringer Truck tail swing. Tail swing is very dangerous, especially in populated areas. A majority of the accidents that occur with Stringer Trucks involve the overhanging pipe hitting other vehicles, signs and power poles.