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National Grid opens training facility in New Hartford

National Grid unveiled a new test and training lab Monday on Old Campion Road in New Hartford.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 5:23 PM

NEW HARTFORD -- National Grid unveiled a new test and training lab Monday on Old Campion Road in New Hartford.

The lab simulates pressure regulation with real meters, valves and filters, to give utility workers some experience in preparation for working in the field.

This allows National Grid employees to learn about the equipment and how to diagnose malfunctions, and gives them experience using safety measures in the training environment.

“In this space, that's safe, it's not real gas, it's air compression - they are in this space we can recreate issues, we recreate what they have in the field and they can work on it safely and if they make a mistake, they learn from it and they won't make that same mistake in the field which is really important,” said Tim Graham, vice president of gas operations in New York.

Employees will learn about the different systems and how they interact, as well as basic skills through hands-on activities while training at the facility.

“We're seeing employees come into the field that maybe have never experienced any mechanical or tooling before. This goes from the basics of ‘righty tighty, lefty loosey’ with wrenches, all the way up to overpressure protection systems and understanding what that even means,” said Eileen Ferguson of National Grid.

This is the first training lab of its kind for National Grid. The company hopes to build another one downstate as well.

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