PG&E employees will be trained in three distinct buildings on the campus:
- The Learning Center: In addition to eight classrooms, a simulator room, and an electrical workshop, the learning center includes a flow lab for high-pressure gas simulation and gas chromatography, where employees gain hands-on experience in regulating and monitoring the pressure and flow of natural gas. A focal point of the facility, the flow lab contains large, 46-ft. long pipes that have nearly every valve that PG&E technicians might encounter in the field on transmission and distribution gas lines. The pipes are pressurized by a large 300-horsepower air compressor, about the size of an SUV, capable of reaching pressure between 700-800 PSI, allowing PG&E to train their technicians under real-world conditions without the hazards of actual gas.
- Transmission & Distribution Tech Center: This area includes a utility worker covered training area, plastic fusion lab, and an industrial safety at heights training area, giving students a simulation experience on trucks and excavation machinery used in the field.
- Weld Lab: The lab accommodates apprentice welders during three-year apprenticeships.
“This one-of-a-kind training facility not only represented a complex, technical project but also reflected many of DPR’s own values, safety, integrity, and self-initiated change while striving for continuous improvement in quality and service are tenets that motivated us every day as we built the gas safety academy, which will foster the same principles for its trainees.”