Manufacturer works with contractors to get the training employees need


The design of pipe fusion machines vary depending on the manufacturer, but one — McElroy Manufacturing — has a program in place to help technicians learn the ins and outs of caring for and repairing its equipment.

Jesse Smith, a technical service specialist with McElroy, says contractors with their own maintenance technicians can enroll in specialized training through McElroy University. He says the program teaches technicians the best way to care for the company’s equipment.

“The courses are meant to enhance the efficiency, productivity and safety in how McElroy machines are used,” Smith says. The classes are designed so the machines being used and skills being learned closely match what’s happening on pipeline jobsites.

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McElroy Manufacturing is the only pipe fusion manufacturer to offer continuous advanced training. Smith says McElroy University was launched 30 years ago as a way to ensure technicians understand how the machines work and the best way to make repairs. Depending on the course, classes last either three or four days. A full list of course offerings is available at mcelroy.com/en/university/.

“Students have to pass written and hands-on testing for the different courses they take,” Smith says. “The testing makes sure technicians understand everything about how our pipe fusion machines work.”

McElroy University offers a broad range of courses, including custom classes that be created for a contractor’s unique needs, Smith says. The classes are offered at different sites across the country including Tulsa, Oklahoma; San Jose, California; and Lawrenceville, Georgia. He says custom classes can also be held at a contractor’s location. “We work with contractors on their specific needs and can even meet at a job site if that’s the best option for them,” Smith says.

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