GPA Midstream School of Gas Chromatography
GPA Midstream/GPSA Engineering Data Book Training and Certification
GPA Midstream Introduction to Midstream Course
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT)
GPA Midstream has hosted its annual School of Gas Chromatography since 1973, and it is considered one of the best chromatography schools available worldwide. This hands-on school is directed toward chromatograph operators, measurement technicians and engineers involved with chromatography, and the curriculum includes basic gas and gas liquid chromatography with an introduction to extended analysis and portable chromatographs. GPA Midstream’s chromatography school is typically held in early August in Tulsa, Okla. Learn more.
Since 1935, field and plant engineers have relied upon the GPSA Engineering Data Book to determine operating and design parameters for gas processing facilities. The book serves as a guide to accepted engineering practices for estimating, feasibility studies, preliminary design and for making operating decisions. GPA Midstream offers this five-day in-depth Data Book instruction course to equip individuals with the fundamentals they need to put this valued industry resource to practical use. It is designed primarily for early career engineers and secondarily for senior operations, plant or maintenance personnel. The course is limited to 25 students and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be tested on the information presented throughout and, after displaying competency in the material taught, will leave with a certificate documenting their successful completion of the GPA Midstream GPSA Engineering Data Book Instruction Course. Learn more.
Created based on requests from our members, GPA Midstream is pleased to offer this new midstream industry overview course. The course uses the GPSA Engineering Data Book as a reference text and teaches students what happens at midstream operating facilities. It teaches students about midstream products, equipment typically found at midstream facilities, and the processes that turn variable hydrocarbon feedstock into fungible product. This three-day course is a great way to immerse new employees fully into the midstream industry. Students will partake in interactive lectures, perform light calculations, and experience working scale models of plant equipment. Learn more.
GPA Midstream and GPSA have shared a long partnership with the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT), first through its Natural Gas Compression Program and now through the school’s recent introduction of its Pipeline Integrity Program. The midstream industry relies upon the education that students receive in OSUIT’s applied learning environments that simulate workplace expectations.
The Natural Gas Compression Program has been part of the OSUIT curriculum for more than 20 years. The purpose of this program is to develop a reliable and continuous source for technicians specifically trained in natural gas compression to enter the gas processing industry. The program targets the recruitment of students from geographic areas in which GPA Midstream and GPSA members have a need for technicians. The program also incorporates internships to allow students to use and reinforce in a real world setting what they have learned in their classrooms and labs.
Both GPA Midstream and GPSA have been instrumental in the program’s development, providing professional expertise, financial support and equipment since its beginning. Today the Natural Gas Compression Program is the largest at OSUIT and boasts a 100 percent employment rate for those who successfully complete the training.
The need for skilled engineering technologists that install, operate, maintain, repair and manage the integrity and security of pipelines is on the rise, and OSUIT has targeted this need by initiating its Pipeline Integrity Program that will enable students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the pipeline industry. Major topics of study include safety, assessing pipeline damage and risk, corrosion control, design and integrity management.
OSUIT invited GPA Midstream and GPSA to partner with the school on the new program in a similar manner as the support that both associations provide to natural gas compression program. This degree program requires financial investment in order to provide classrooms, laboratory spaces and equipment for students to have an authentic learning environment that mirrors field experiences as closely as possible.