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SOWELA Now Enrolling for Pipeline Technician Training


Successful Completers Earn TC Energy Pipeline Academy’s Pipeline Technician Certificate

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – November 14, 2022)

SOWELA Technical Community College is now accepting applications for its Pipeline Technician training class in the TC Energy Pipeline Academy, the only academy of its kind in Louisiana.

The class is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 5. The purpose of the 10-week Pipeline Technician program is to provide classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare students for employment in a variety of jobs in the pipeline industry. After successfully meeting course requirements, students will receive a Pipeline Technician Certification of Completion.

Students enrolled in the program will receive an overview of the mechanical equipment used in the pipeline industry. Instruction includes test overfill protection devices, startup of a liquid pipeline, shutdown of a liquid pipeline, and rectifier installation. Training covers codes and standards, fire safety, and pipeline operations. Safety and efficient work practices are emphasized, along with basic occupational and employability skills.

Registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited number of training seats are available. For more information or to enroll, visit our Pipeline Technician page or call (337) 421-6560 or email workforce@sowela.edu.

The TC Energy Pipeline Academy at SOWELA serves as a regional learning center for students pursuing a career in the oil and gas field – one of Louisiana’s largest workforce industries. The academy includes a pipeline industry advisory committee that helps implement curriculum and course offerings tailored to the industry’s needs.

According to recent studies, the oil and gas industry employs nearly 249,800 Louisianans. The new academy was created to help fill a growing number of energy industry jobs and provide specific pipeline training in South Louisiana and surrounding areas.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, online, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree, so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, Leesville and Oakdale, Louisiana.