Archive for July, 2015

Change to 195 AOC course

July 28, 2015

The 195-0060 CT-60 General Abnormal Operating Conditions courses were recently updated. We have replaced the previous 195 Abnormal Operating Conditions courses with the new version; the old version has been inactivated. We are discontinuing the two certificates previously associated with 195-0060 TNG and KNT (MEA12001 and MEA11862). We have now associated the new 195-0060 AOC courses with certificates MEA1484 and MEA1485. If your users were previously enrolled in MEA1484 and MEA1485 they will now have access to the new version. If you had the older version of the 195 AOC in curricula, you will need to add the new 195-0060 courses to the curricula.

PHMSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

July 28, 2015

The comment period for Docket No. PHMSA–2013–0163 ends September 8, 2015. At the August meeting, MEA’s Technical Training Committee will be compiling a comment document regarding 80 FR 39916-NPRM to submit to PHMSA. If you would like your comments included, please contact Richard Stump (651-289-9600 x126). Comments may also be submitted directly to www.regulations.gov.

Operator Qualification FAQs from PHMSA

July 27, 2015

Click HERE to review the protocols written to assist federal and state pipeline inspectors who are evaluating operator OQ programs.

Download the white paper on Requalification vs. Reevaluation.

Click HERE to get answers to frequently asked questions on OQ; PHMSA guidance is provided for the following categories:

  • Application and Customization of ‘Off-the-Shelf’ Programs
  • Contractor Qualification
  • Management of Other Entities Performing Covered Tasks
  • Training Requirements
  • Written Qualification Program
  • Development of Covered Task List (Process)
  • Evaluation Method(s)
  • Development and Documentation of Areas of Qualification for Individuals Performing Covered Tasks
  • Covered Task Performed by Non-Qualified Person
  • Role of and Approach to ‘Work Performance History Review’
  • Treatment of Abnormal Operating Conditions (AOCS)
  • Personnel Performance Monitoring
  • Re-evaluation Interval and Methodology for Determining Same
  • Program Performance and Improvement
  • Qualification ‘Trail’
  • Management of Changes
  • Field Inspection
  • Inspection Process

Update on Course Maintenance

July 13, 2015

Course maintenance has been completed on all but one of the courses. ASME-0061 e-TNG is still inactive for maintenance. We anticipate it will be reactivated no later than 1:00pm CST tomorrow (July 14).

Reminder – Course Maintenance Scheduled for Monday

July 10, 2015

Course maintenance is scheduled for July 13, 2015. Maintenance may be comprised of changes to questions or answers, changes to content, enhanced audio or graphics, etc. Refer to the June 30th blog post for a list of courses.

EnergyU Admin Overview FREE Session (space limited)

July 9, 2015

MEA is offering a half-day EnergyU Administrator Overview session on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 for attendees of MEA’s Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit in Rochester, Minnesota. With your paid registration to GasOps, there is no additional charge for this August 11, 2015 session. After completing your online registration payment you will be able to register for this session by simply checking the box at the bottom of the registration form.

Train the Evaluator FREE Session (space limited)


For the first time ever, MEA is offering this class at no additional charge with paid registration to MEA’s Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit. This full-day Train the Evaluator Session is scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2015. Space is limited so register early. NOTE: Maximum of five employees from a single company.

Click HERE to learn more.

MEA's Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit