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195 Course Library Update Now Complete

May 19, 2020

We have completed the update for the ENTIRE 195 course library. Remember… After a course has undergone maintenance, it is important that users verify a status of “Not started” to ensure proper recording of a new score.

Five new tasks were added to the library offering:

  • 195-0081 (CT47) Install Electrical Insulating Device
  • 195-0310 (CT0031) Inspect and Monitor Galvanic Ground Beds/Anodes
  • 195-0402 (CT06J) Electrical Inspection of Coatings
  • 195-1202 (CT16E) Inspect Surface Conditions of Right-of-Way and Perform Leak Surveys for Liquid and Gas Pipelines
  • 195-1414F (CT39F) Field Operations of a Pipeline System

If your evaluators are using 195 in EZval, you will need an updated keycode to download the five new forms. If your company has the 195 course library, these courses and certificates will automatically be added to your company level. The new certificates will be added shortly.

 

 

Update on 195 Course Maintenance

May 18, 2020

We are still going through the process of updating the 195 course library. We will be activating individual courses as they are complete. We expect to have the entire library updated by noon tomorrow (May 19, 2020). We apologize for the inconvenience. The maintenance banner at the top of the MEAenergy.org website will be updated and a blog post will be sent out when the update is complete.

Please be aware that five new tasks were added to the library offering. If your evaluators are using 195 in EZval, you will need an updated keycode to download the five new forms. If your company has the 195 course library, these courses and certificates will automatically be added to your company level:

195-0081 (CT47) Install Electrical Insulating Device

Course Description:

This course provides information on electrically isolating pipelines from other processes to reduce the risk of corrosion and potential abnormal operating conditions.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify components of electrical insulating devices.
  • Install electrical insulating devices.
  • Recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions.

MEA Certificate Numbers:

TNG – MEA12439
KNT – MEA12440
PEF – MEA12441

195-0310 (CT0031) Inspect and Monitor Galvanic Ground Beds/Anodes

Course Description:

This course provides information on inspecting and monitoring the electric potential of galvanic ground beds/anodes. The purpose of this course is to evaluate an individual with reference to inspection and monitoring of galvanic ground beds and anodes as it relates to a DOT pipeline system.

Course Objectives:

  • Define the requirements and equipment used for inspecting and monitoring galvanic ground beds and anodes.
  • Inspect and monitor galvanic ground beds and anodes.
  • Recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions.

MEA Certificate Numbers:

TNG – MEA12415
KNT – MEA12416
PEF – MEA12417

195-0402 (CT06J) Electrical Inspection of Coatings

Course Description:

This course provides information on evaluating grounding structures and detectors, determining minimum effective voltage, operating voltage detectors, and potential abnormal operating conditions.

Course Objectives:

  • Perform electrical inspection of coatings.
  • Identify and respond to abnormal operating conditions.

MEA Certificate Numbers:

TNG – MEA12418
KNT – MEA12419
PEF – MEA12420

195-1202 (CT16E) Inspect Surface Conditions of Right-of-Way and Perform Leak Surveys for Liquid and Gas Pipelines

Course Description:

This course provides information on inspecting surface conditions of right-of-way for gas and liquid pipelines, performing gas leakage surveys, and potential abnormal operating conditions.

Course Objectives:

  • Inspect surface conditions of right-of-way.
  • Perform gas leakage surveys.
  • Follow the company’s reporting protocols.
  • Recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions when inspecting surface conditions of right-of-way and performing leak surveys.

MEA Certificate Numbers:

TNG – MEA12430
KNT – MEA12431
PEF – MEA12432

195-1414F (CT39F) Field Operations of a Pipeline System

Course Description:

This course provides information on pipeline startup and shutdown procedures, monitoring and maintenance of pressures, flows, and line integrity, operating valves using manual or remote methods in the field, and potential abnormal operating conditions.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify field operation activities associated with the safe start-up of a pipeline.
  • Identify field operation activities associated with the safe shutdown of a pipeline.
  • Monitor and maintain pressures, flows, communications, and line integrity.
  • Operate valves using manual or remote methods.
  • Recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions.

MEA Certificate Numbers:

TNG – MEA12448
KNT – MEA12449
PEF – MEA12450

 

Maintenance Delay – EnergyU

May 18, 2020

When it rains it pours! An issue with flooding caused MEA to experience an outage over the weekend. Our provider is finally back up and we just now have our telephones and Internet working again.

Please be aware that there will be a delay in completion of the 195 course library update. We are working to complete the course library update as quickly as possible and will notify you via this blog when the courses are once again available.

Thank you for your patience.

Train-the-Evaluator Workshop (Live Online Training Event)

May 6, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
(with scheduled breaks)

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
(with scheduled breaks)

As a result of travel restrictions and to honor the new social distancing guidelines resulting from COVID-19, MEA will be offering the Train-the-Evaluator Workshop as an all-day live online training event using the GoToMeeting™ video conferencing tool.
NOTE: Each class is limited to 10 participants.

Hardware/Software Requirements

To match the experience of the classroom session as close as possible, MEA requires the following to attend this online workshop:

  • Access the Internet and GoToMeeting™ (requires download)
  • Computer or tablet equipped with camera
  • Microphone or telephone dial-in

NOTE: MEA must verify equipment setup and connection before your registration will be approved. If you are unable to meet the above requirements your registration fee will be refunded.

Questions? Contact Laura Legel 651-289-9600 x106

Course Maintenance on 195 Course Library Scheduled for May 15 – 18, 2020

April 30, 2020

The entire 195 course library is scheduled to undergo maintenance and will be offline beginning Friday evening (May 15) at 6:00 p.m. CDT. We expect maintenance to be completed by Monday morning (May 18) at 10:00 a.m. CDT. A blog post will go out when maintenance is complete.

As part of this update, the 195 courses will no longer have flash content. In addition, these updated courses will also have the new knowledge test functionality. If a course session is ended for any reason prior to receiving a passed or failed score, the status will change to “In Progress” and the EnergyU Administrator will be required to reset the course. A trend toward tighter regulations and a desire to have more oversight of online knowledge tests has prompted this recommendation by the MEA Technical Training Committee.

Remember… After a course has undergone maintenance, it is important that users verify a status of “Not started” to ensure proper recording of a new score.

COVID-19 and MEA Guidelines for Conducting Remote Evaluations

April 14, 2020

During this unprecedented time, PHMSA is allowing for alternative evaluation methods. Documentation is the key. Review the MEA Guidance on Conducting Remote Evaluations document for a description on the variance in the Operator Qualification (OQ) evaluation process  using remote evaluation methods. This document has been reviewed and approved by the MEA Technical Training Committee.

Course Maintenance on OS Courses Now Complete

April 1, 2020

Course Maintenance is now complete on the following courses:

  • OS-0201 e-TNG Forklift Safety
  • OS-0201 KNT Forklift Safety

Remember… After a course has undergone maintenance, it is important that users verify a status of “Not started” to ensure proper recording of a new score.

24 Courses Available FREE

March 31, 2020

We have added additional courses on infection control, illness prevention, anxiety, mental health, and ergonomics. We do not anticipate any further additions.

Download the complete list with course descriptions

EnergyU Administrators can easily assign the free courses by enrolling users in the certificate name. These courses will only remain available through May 15, 2020.

Coronavirus Preparedness (7 Courses)

  • Coronavirus Preparedness for Employers and Employees
  • Coronavirus: COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Precautions and Prevention: Coronavirus Preparedness
  • Coronavirus Precautions and Prevention: Stay Calm, Stay Informed
  • Crisis Management
  • What we do (and don’t) know about the coronavirus | David Heymann
  • How do viruses jump from animals to humans? | Ben Longdon

Infection Control (3 Courses)

  • Coronavirus Precautions and Prevention: Common Sense Hygiene
  • OSHA – Cold, Flu, and Transmissible Illness Prevention
  • The simple power of hand-washing | Myriam Sidibe

Anxiety & Mental Health (4 Courses)

  • Mindfulness: The Importance of Breathing
  • Mental Health – Anxiety
  • Handling Stress
  • Mental Health Awareness

Working Remotely (4 Courses)

  • Working Remotely
  • Working From Home: Strategies for Remote Employees
  • The happy secret to better work | Shawn Achor
  • Working From Home: Top Tips

Managing Remote Teams (4 Courses)

  • Managing Remote Teams
  • Leading Teams – Leading and Managing Effective Virtual Teams
  • Remote Management: Effective Ways to Communicate with Team Members
  • Leading Virtual Teams – Beginner

Ergonomics (2 Courses)

  • Ergonomics: 01. The Basics
  • Workplace Safety for Office Professionals: Designing an Ergonomic Workstation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing Remote Teams—Four New Courses Available

March 30, 2020

Many managers have never before been asked to manage a remote team and are looking for information and guidance. MEA is able to provide four courses on this topic, free of charge, to companies subscribing to EnergyU through May 15, 2020.

  • Managing Remote Teams
    Encouraging personal interactions can be tricky when you are managing a team remotely. This course will explain how you can build relationships between team members, even from a distance. First, you’ll learn why creating opportunities for employees to get to know each other is so important. Then, you’ll assess the current state of your team’s personal and professional relationships, and discover fun activities you can incorporate into your workday to get team members acquainted with each other. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of how you can nurture appropriate work relationships by using a variety of exercises. Successful completion of this course provides you with accreditation equivalent to 1 hour of Professional Development Units (PDU) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Leading Teams – Leading and Managing Effective Virtual Teams
    Organizations are changing, and so are our offices. The new age millennials are shifting toward the virtual world. More and more organizations use virtual teams to meet corporate goals. This has created the need to determine how best to manage and lead these virtual groups. Traditional methods of managing on-site groups don’t work with remote workers, because virtual teams are most often composed of workers who are spread over a varied geographic and cultural expanse and communicate, for the most part, electronically. Future Workforce Report states that 63 percent of companies utilize virtual workers, but only 57 percent have standards in place to manage the process. In this lesson, you will learn to effectively guide teams that they rarely see face-to-face.
  • Remote Management: Effective Ways to Communicate with Team Members
    Manage a team member’s activity:
    – Visiting a team member
    – Using the right tools to inform
    – Effective remote meetings
    Boost each team member:
    – Avoiding team members’ frustration
    – Choosing the right moment to interact
    – Adopting a circular view on reporting
  • Leading Virtual Teams – Beginner
    The overall goal of this program is to enable managers to learn and apply a practical approach to leading virtual teams. This is an especially important skill because teams are now the fundamental way in which work gets done within organization and teams existing now across geographic areas and meet virtually. Blending best practice and the latest research, our emphasis is on helping managers understand how to lead these dispersed, virtual teams. Upon completion, each learner will have completed a series of exercises that will enable them both to better manage teams in a virtual world.

Feel free to make these courses available to your registered EnergyU users by enrolling in certificate Managing Remote Teams.

For users to easily see all courses associated with this certificate, instruct your users to filter the course list using Managing Remote Teams.

NEW Working Remotely Courses Available for FREE

March 26, 2020

Many employees are now being asked to work from home. To help make these new remote workers successful, MEA has provided all companies enrolled in EnergyU with four courses on Working Remotely. 

  • Working Remotely
    Research shows that around half of the American workforce holds jobs that are compatible with remote work, meaning they don’t need to be in an office to do their jobs. Millions of these people are working from home for at least half of each week. In fact, since 2005, working from home (for those not self-employed) has grown by over 100%. Working remotely offers plenty of benefits, not just to the employee doing the remote work, but to the organization allowing them to do it in the first place. In order to take advantage of those benefits, you need to be a successful remote employee.
  • Working From Home: Strategies for Remote Employees
    When imagining telecommuting, many people envision a relaxed day of working at home in their pajamas. However, this probably isn’t the best approach. Telecommuting definitely offers a lot of freedom, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore your work responsibilities. This course will help you decide if telecommuting is a good fit for you and then provide some strategies for being effective as a remote employee.
  • The happy secret to better work
    We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
  • Working From Home: Top Tips
    This short standalone microlearning module will take around 5 minutes to complete, contains a multiple choice quiz and is designed for use on desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet.

As with the Coronavirus Preparedness courses, these courses will remain available through May 15, 2020. To make ALL of these courses available to your employees, simply enroll users in certificate Working Remotely.

For users to easily see all the courses associated with this certificate, instruct your users to filter on Working Remotely.