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 its 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.
On a 40-acre campus in Winters, CA, Pacific Gas & Electric Company's (PG&E) Gas Safety Academy provides realistic and hands-on gas operations training.
The new training facility is a Center of Excellence for PG&E, incorporating industry best practices and technology-led instruction that will elevate the standards of pipeline safety.
This campus provides a safe learning environment to train utility workers from all over Northern California.