:: PETEX + Sealweld = Best-in-Class Training

By Dean Chisholm, President of Sealweld Corporation


Valves—the most common control device in any pipeline, plant, or platform—must turn on demand and seal when required. In short, they keep the oil and gas industry in business. “Preventative valve maintenance can mean the difference between optimal operations and an unscheduled shutdown,” noted PETEX Assistant Director, Peter Kosewicz. Every second of downtime means lost revenue, so the ability to safely service valves inline and under pressure without shutting down is a universal goal of operators.

To ensure top valve performance, PETEX and Sealweld Corporation have joined forces to provide the best of both worlds in valve maintenance training. PETEX has been delivering quality training to oil and gas industry personnel for over 65 years with schools such as Valves and Actuators. Sealweld has been servicing valves and educating clients for over 40 years through the ValvePro® training program and has graduated hundreds of students from countries around the world. Now, PETEX and Sealweld are customizing and delivering the ValvePro Valve Maintenance program to the energy industry in a blended learning format, combining online and hands-on instruction to make this program the most complete valve care training available today.

Traditionally, such training was conducted on the job with senior staff passing knowledge to new hires informally and without accreditation. The ValvePro program ensures every technician is equipped with a common standard of basic knowledge to safely perform the potentially hazardous jobs of servicing and maintaining valves in operation.

Designed by seasoned valve engineers and field technicians with input from training specialists, this program teaches field personnel to safely service and maintain every type of ball, gate, and plug valve, and how to identify dangerous valve fittings and safely install fittings and adapters. The program also covers care of high-pressure guns and pumps and the attributes of lubricated valves commonly found in pipelines, plants, and offshore facilities. Based largely on the popular Valve Maintenance Safety Training Seminar, ValvePro offers practical and relevant information from troubleshooting thousands of valve maintenance problems. The course combines computer-based online training with a three-day instructor-led course. Successful completion awards students PETEX certification as a Valve Maintenance Certified Technician.

Sealweld and PETEX share a legacy of excellence. Since 1944, the oil and gas industry has relied on PETEX to deliver the quality training necessary to meet client needs. PETEX continues expanding its global reach to provide state-of-the art training formats. This new alliance with Sealweld is another example of PETEX addressing client needs through innovative training solutions.

ValvePro® is designed to establish a baseline understanding for new hires and serves as a refresher program for more experienced personnel. To learn more, visit www.valvepro.com.

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