Pipelines International – Young pipeliners lead the way

Young pipeliners lead the way

Article Source: Pipelines International

URL: http://pipelinesinternational.com/news/young_pipeliners_lead_the_way/100552

By Eric Alvarado, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Ramon, CA, USA

Featured in December 2015

YPP USA networking happy hour in Houston, Texas.

YPP USA networking happy hour in Houston, Texas.

With the baby boomer generation heading towards retirement within the next decade, leaders of the pipeline industry have recognised the need to transfer the wealth of knowledge to the younger generations, so that they may accept the duty of care for the pipeline industry.

Senior Executive of Dynamic Risk Assessments USA, Patrick Vieth, saw an opportunity to create an avenue for young professionals to acquire the skills and knowledge they needed, and called on his industry colleagues for support.

The YPP is formed

In March 2015, with the support of Vieth and the other senior advisors, more than 25 pipeline industry professionals, all under the age of 35, were brought together to form what is now the USA Young Pipeline Professionals (YPP) organisation.

The YPP, led by Chair Tara McMahan of DNV GL, has the following objectives: educating young professionals about the pipeline industry, creating leadership opportunities for the next generation of professionals within the YPP, and fostering relationships and building a network for the betterment of the industry.

The founding members have built several working groups within the organisation, each of which assist the YPP in achieving its objectives. These working groups include Chapter Development, Education, Volunteerism, and Event Planning, to name a few.

The YPP made its first public appearance at its launch at the Southern Gas Association (SGA) Operating Conference in Houston, Texas, in July. There, the YPP had a booth in the exhibitor area, and was given the opportunity to host a breakout session to promote themselves as well as get feedback on what people would expect from the organisation if either they or their employees joined.

The YPP has since hosted several events for its members, including a site visit to the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) facility in Houston, happy hour networking events in the Houston area, and two technical training webinars. The webinars to date have been hosted by leading industry professionals Bryon Winget of Pacific Gas and Electric, and Dr Keith Leewis of Dynamic Risk Assessments.

Membership options

Two types of memberships are offered within the YPP organisation: Student Membership, which is free to students interested in the pipeline industry, and Standard Membership.

The YPP is actively seeking partnerships with universities across the country to encourage their students to join the organisation. The YPP has also partnered with several long-standing pipeline associations such as the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, SGA, PRCI, and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America to promote leadership and encourage their young employees to join.

As the YPP membership pool expands, the YPP has plans to formulate local chapters across the nation and continue its education and networking efforts

For more information on the YPP and its activities, contact Tara McMahan at tara.podnar.mcmahan@dnvgl.com

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