June 1, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 10
Dear PEI Member:
An ad hoc committee appointed by the PEI Board of Directors to help the industry recruit, assess and train new service technicians has completed its work. As a result, PEI recently released two new tools. A third is expected in July.
First, PEI members may use three free recruitment videos to attract service technician candidates. Each 90-second video shadows a real technician as he services petroleum equipment and talks about his long-term career opportunities. PEI member companies are welcome to post the videos on their websites or use them as paid placement ads on YouTube. A PEI webinar that will help you make the most of the videos will be available later this month. The videos may be viewed at www.pei.org/careers and on the PEI YouTube channel. PEI thanks the following PEI member companies for the use of their facilities and personnel during filming: McCon Building and Petroleum Services Inc. of Irving, Texas; SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Western Pump, of San Diego, California.
The second tool is The Entry-Level Service Technician Training Course, which is designed for new hires within the first few months of their jobs. PEI member companies are encouraged to augment their existing new service technician training with the 52-page manual. Cost of the copyrighted manual is $25 for members ($250 for nonmembers) and is available for purchase online. A separate 50-question online test of the material may be accessed as part of the annual online test subscription product at no additional charge, or as a $10 individual purchase.
The third tool, expected in July, is an industry-specific skills aptitude test for service technician job applicants. The online test, developed by a professional testing organization, will measure the range of abilities, talents and proficiencies that service technicians should have to succeed.
Members of the ad hoc committee are: Dan Battist, Strenstrom Petroleum Service Group, Rockford, IL; Bridgett Clancy, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Greensboro, NC; Phil Farrell, Double Check Co. Inc., Kansas City, MO; John Keller, Petroleum Solutions Inc., San Antonio, TX; Edward S. Kubinsky Jr., Crompco LLC, Plymouth Meeting, PA; Ingacio “Nacho” Moreno, BC & C LLC, Winchester, VA; J.J. “Jody” Porter, E.O. Habhegger Co. Inc., Yeadon, PA; Ryan Rethmeier, Western Pump Inc., San Diego, CA; Robert J. Stenstrom, Stenstrom Petroleum Service Group, Rockford, IL; and Steve Wilkening, P.B. Hoidale Co. Inc., Oklahoma City. Alex Ralston, Petcon Inc., Brandon, MS, served as consultant to the committee for the training course and test.
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DOL ANNOUNCES FINAL OVERTIME RULE
The rule doubles the salary threshold, without any consideration to the differences in regional economic realities. If you have been following the rule as proposed by DOL on July 6, 2015, you will note several modifications in the final rule:
DOL has posted extensive information about the rule on its website, including useful fact sheets on various aspects of the rule. The site also contains, in the words of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), which represents distributor-based associations—including PEI—in Washington, “a lot of propaganda and claims that are dubious at best.” NAW’s overtime attorneys are reviewing the rule now, and we will share their analyses with you as soon as we receive them.
EPA RELEASES PROPOSED 2017 RENEWABLE FUEL VOLUMES
Reaction to the proposed volumes from the renewable fuels industry was somewhat positive, with groups thanking EPA for an expedient release of the 2017 rules, and for an increase in the volumes. But the biofuels industry claims it can do more, and complains that the numbers don’t reflect the production capacity of the industry. On the other side, the petroleum industry stated that moving renewable fuel volumes past 10 percent of the fuel supply, however marginally, will increase their operating costs. The American Petroleum Institute is advocating a full repeal of the law.
PEI BOARD ELECTION DEADLINE
PEI SERVICE & CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS CONFERENCE SEEKS PLANNING COMMITTEE
If you are interested in serving on the planning committee responsible for the 2017 PEI Service & Construction Managers Conference program, contact Bob Young at PEI, firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 22. All committee meetings will be held via conference calls, and it is essential that planning committee members attend the conference.
THREE CHARLES D. KEMP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED
EPA’S OUST RELEASES TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS
Release Detection Methods for Underground
Storage Tanks and Piping: Straight Talk on Tanks
is an update to OUST’s 2005 publication of the same name. The
booklet provides easy-to-understand descriptions of several leak detection
methods for tanks and piping, as well as explanations of the revised
regulatory requirements for release detection.
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