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DOT - Operator Qualification


The date required to obtain DOT Gas Operator Qualification is: January 01, 2019

At this time, training classes are being organized. The MPC will be scheduling classes for all licensed master plumbers and their qualified employees*. If you may be interested in obtaining training, please click here to complete the survey. Training classes will be organized based upon the survey responses we receive. Please be advised that persons completing the survey will be the first to receive notification to sign-up for the training classes.

ACT NOW -- Don’t lose your ability to continue to work on DOT jurisdictional gas piping!  January 01, 2019 is around the corner.

* Please note that if you are signatory to Plumbers Local 1 training shall be delivered directly by the Union Training Center.

WHERE WE ARE NOW AT JULY 10, 2018 

The “process” to obtaining the DOT Gas Operator Qualification is almost complete.  One aspect that has been finalized is the training. The first exams for instructors will be given in mid-July and formal training should start sometime in August.  This enhanced gas safety training is the first of its kind anywhere. It consists of leak surveys, atmospheric corrosion surveys, purging gas systems in and out of service and recognizing abnormal operating conditions. It also teaches attendees how to react when they encounter any of these issues.

We strongly recommend that you consider this training for your employees, even if you have no intention of obtaining Operator Qualification for them. Properly applied, the knowledge gained at these training sessions can increase public safety and, if you are a smart businessperson, your bottom line. A jobbing technician going to look for a water leak would now be aware of additional possible gas related safety issues, which will both help protect your customer and make your service more valuable to them.

Most of the common TRAINING questions and answers, along with other important information about the history of and the requirement for this new enhanced gas safety training, can be found on our website:

To view the history and FAQ – DOT Operator Qualifications section click here.

To view the FAQ – MPC Training section click here.

To view the new terms and vocabulary click here.

Keep checking the MPC website to stay up to date!

 

OTHER IMPORTANT STEPS YOU MUST TAKE IMMEDIATELY:

To become Operator Qualified you must also obtain Gas Operator Qualification Membership with the Plumbing Foundation.

The Utility companies (Con Edison & National Grid), by virtue of the US Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) and the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”), will be requiring licensed master plumbers (“LMPs”) and LMPs’ employees to be operator qualified in Covered Task 86 (Inspections) and/or Covered Task 87 (Maintenance/Repairs) to do such inspections and/or maintenance on USDOT jurisdictional gas piping. Operator Qualification entails a 7-hour course and a written and practical examination. This also will require anyone doing such inspections and/or maintenance to take a baseline (“pre-employment”) drug and alcohol test and to be part of a drug testing pool; per USDOT requirements, 50% of such pool will be drug tested at random per year. The Utilities will be making such requirements effective in their respective operating manuals by January 1, 2019.

 

The Plumbing Foundation has been working closely with the Northeast Gas Association (“NGA”), Con Edison, National Grid, the Master Plumbers Council and other industry experts and stakeholders (the “Gas Working Group”) on the requirement for operator qualification in Covered Tasks 86 and 87, as described above. The Gas Working Group decided the most beneficial means for the industry to become operator qualified and comply with the drug and alcohol component is to have the Plumbing Foundation administer the program and act as the drug testing pool representative for the entire NYC licensed plumbing community. Therefore, the Plumbing Foundation will be releasing in mid-June its “Gas Operator Qualification Membership” or “GOQ Membership” application, open to current members of the Foundation and non-members alike. Please look out for the mid-June email which will contain the application package.

 

The GOQ Membership is applied to by an NYC-licensed plumbing firm on behalf of those employees the LMP wishes to enroll in the operator qualification program. Cost is per employee. LMPs and their employees must have prior experience with gas work to enroll. Once members, employees will first receive a baseline (or “pre-employment”) drug and alcohol test, and if they pass they will be placed in the drug testing pool. The USDOT requires 50% of this pool to be tested at random annually. Once in the pool, employees will be scheduled for the 7-hour training course with authorized instructors. Following confirmation that employees completed the training with the authorized instructors, employees will be scheduled for the written and practical examinations, which will take place at an approved testing facility. The written examination consists of approximately 100 questions on general knowledge and specific knowledge relevant to Covered Tasks 86 and 87. The practical examination requires an individual to identify corrosion on gas piping. Once the Plumbing Foundation receives confirmation of passing grades for both the written and practical examinations, those employees will receive a “QR” card and can engage in Covered Task 86 and/or 87 work. The QR card requires a photograph of the individual and will contain the individual’s operator qualification status and drug testing pool status. The QR card can be scanned by Utilities for compliance purposes.

 

Please visit the Plumbing Foundation for the GOQ membership information: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification

 

 

WE URGE THOSE INTERESTED TO SEEK MEMBERSHIP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AS THERE IS A MAXIMUM CAPACITY PER OPERATOR QUALIFICATION TESTING DAY AT APPROVED TESTING FACILITIES AND WE ANTICIPATE THE SEATS FILLING UP QUICKLY.

 

Click Here for the Plumbing Foundation’s FAQs on Operator Qualification

 

All questions NOT RELATED TO training should be directed to TBDzrzorefuvc@cyhzovatsbhaqngvba.alp. Training questions can be emailed to qbgbd@alpzcp.bet.





OP QUAL SURVEY:

If you are interested in possibly obtaining this Operator Qualification training, please click here to complete the survey. 

We will be scheduling classes based on the results of this survey. Don't be left out! 

In the meantime, please obtain a Gas Operator Qualification Membership with the Plumbing Foundation. Click here for more information.