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New Bosses Meet O&R Gas Operator Tech Training Grads

Thanks to O&R, 13 men last week may have gotten that one break that changes their lives for the better.

Those men, all of whom were unemployed or under-employed, graduated Aug. 10 from a three-week, natural gas operator technician training course sponsored by O&R. As part of that graduation ceremony held at the Orange County Fire Training Center in New Hampton, O&R also sponsored a job fair.

The job fair is designed to introduce private natural gas pipeline construction companies to new graduates of the gas operator technician training course. These openings are not at O&R but with the many private construction industry contractors in the area. The introduction renews the labor pool for the private contractors and offers the opportunity for a job to the graduates.

O&R is offering the program to broaden the labor pool of qualified natural gas pipeline technicians being sought after by private construction contractors for the many infrastructure rehabilitation and renewal projects under way or on the drawing board.

Each year, throughout the region, hundreds of thousands of feet of aging cast-iron and unprotected steel natural gas mains are replaced with high-tech plastic mains that are more durable and provide more reliable, safer service.

This training prepares students for skilled natural gas industry jobs that may require heavy manual labor, including digging. That work takes place outdoors in all weather and under other challenging conditions.

For more information about how to sign up or other details about the program, please contact O&R’s Program Administrator Patricia Kelly by email at