The Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center continues to develop its educational facilities with the completion of its Central Office Facility consisting of administrative offices, classrooms, large assembly and training areas and instructional shop and support areas. Construction on our 12,000 square foot, 24-student housing project was completed in October 2014.
The Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center has now developed over 75,000 square feet of educational space, including a Central Classroom Facility, Process Technology Facility; Construction Trades Facility, Welding Facility, Equipment Shop, Truck Shop and a Student Housing Facility.
In 2013, the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center expanded its relationships with the Alaska Associated General Contractors’ “Construction Education Foundation”, (CEF), the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.
Rural Heavy Equipment Orientation and Skills Training
At the request of the Construction Education Foundation, in 2013 the Alaska Operating Engineers developed a program for the Center to provide basic orientation and skills training to rural Alaskans in heavy duty mechanics, welding and the operation of heavy equipment; loaders, dozers, motor graders, excavators, forklift and crane training. Regional recruitment with non-profit native organizations was held and approximately twenty rural Native Alaskans received training. These rural students were from the villages of Kotzebue, Buckland, Elim, Ambler, Nulato, Kaltag, Ft. Yukon and Circle. For the first time, Alaska Native elders were incorporated into the instructor corps for the training.
In response to a request by the Construction Education Foundation of the AGC and with funding from the Denali Commission and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center asked one of its partners, the Alaska Operating Engineers Employer Training Trust to develop and deliver training curriculum for DOT&PF contractors working on Rural Airport Operations. Skilled instructors from the Operating Engineers trained Alaskans from rural communities in the functions and applications for Series M and H Caterpillar motor graders. The request for this specialized training was initiated by Mr. Michael Coffey, Chief, Statewide Maintenance and Operations in the Office of the Commissioner for DOT&PF. Airport Managers from DOT&PF instructed students on Rural Airport Maintenance Operations including topics such as Contractor Responsibility, Safety and Security, General Airport Knowledge, Airport Marking and Lighting among other airport operations. Rural contractors selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation to receive this specialized training were from Koyukuk, Nulato, Golovin, Emmonak, Savoonga White Mountain, Hooper Bay, Mekoryuk, Kipnuk, Newtok, Sand Point, Point Heiden and King Cove.