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Process Plant Operations involves the safe operation and maintenance of plant equipment at optimum levels to ensure raw materials are transformed into quality products. All Personnel in this occupational area must perform their functions in compliance with Health, Safety and Environmental Procedures, Regulations and Statutory requirements.

The Process Plant Operator generally operates all machinery and equipment, trouble shoots and rectifies operational problems; isolates, starts or shut down equipment for preventative/ corrective maintenance; provides samples for analysis; prepares logs, time-tables and reports as well as assist in developing and maintaining operating procedures.

Process Plant Operations is a rewarding career, with highly transferable skills that can be utilized in the energy sector, manufacturing sector and various other sectors. Process Plant Operators can work for local and multi-national companies.

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The steelpan is the national musical instrument of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. A key component of the steelpan industry is the steelpan manufacturing and tuning process. Steelpan manufacturing refers to the art and science of making steelpan instruments, which include double guitar pan, triple guitar pan, four cello pan, tenor bass/high bass, six bass/low bass, nine bass, triple cello, tenor pan, double tenor pan, second pan and double second pan. There is a high demand for the production of the tenor pan. Tuning is important to the process in order to acquire the final pitch and timbre of the notes on the steelpan instrument. This gives the steelpan its distinct sound.

The key competencies required by the Pan Builder/Pan Constructor for Steelpan Manufacturing are marking out the drum face for sinking; sinking the drum to create an evenly stretched surface; drafting the notes on the surface of the pan; tempering the pan; cutting and drilling the pan; countersinking and grooving the notes on the pan; performing final preparation to level the grooves and set the pan.

There are distinct competencies for Steelpan Tuning, which include setting the pan for pre-tuning; pre-tuning the pan; final tuning the pan to set the final pitch and timbre; and blending the pan to adjust the pitch, timbre and loudness of the notes. 

As the demand for steelpan instruments continue to grow internationally, there is the need for a skilled labour force of Pan Workshop Helpers/Pan-Building Apprentices, Sinkers, Pan Builders/Pan Constructors, Groovers and Tuners (pre-tuning), Tuner (final tuning). Opportunities exist in the Steelpan industry for entrepreneurship through the establishment of small or medium-sized steelpan manufacturing and tuning enterprises.

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Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE) is relevant to all branches of industry, business and commerce. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is of paramount importance to the upstream, midstream and downstream industries in the oil and gas sector given the high risks to accidents occurring in the workplace. HSE affects all aspects of work and therefore needs to be managed properly. 

Efficient HSE management systems should meet legal requirements and the duty to care for and protect workers from occupational hazards, accidents, ill-health and fatalities. Additionally, a robust HSE management system aims to provide a safe work environment for all employees and builds an HSE culture that becomes second nature to management and employees. 

The role of the HSE employee covers a range of activities; from being the champion in promoting a positive HSE culture; developing and implementing health and safety policies and procedures; identifying and evaluating HSE hazards and preparing risk assessments; investigating incidents and accidents, implementing effective communication systems for HSE information as well as enforcing and complying with HSE legislative requirements. 

Presently, in Trinidad and Tobago the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act 2004 as amended 2006, focuses on promoting the safety, health and welfare of employees at industrial establishments. The responsibility of the employer and by extension the HSE employee shall be to ensure compliance with the requirements of the OSH Act in fulfilling their duty of care towards employees and the public. 

Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment is a rewarding career, with highly transferable skills which can be utilized in all sectors of any economy both locally and internationally.

 

 

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Fabrication is the process of creating metal structures by cutting, bending, welding and assembling. It is a value added process that results in the creation of structural frames, handrails, ship building and repairs, staircase, piping networks, steel roofs etc.

The fabricator follows drawings and specifications to determine materials and tools needed to fabricate various products. They use a range of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand tools and operate machinery and welding equipment to produce assemblies.  

Fabricating provides a rewarding career, with highly transferable skills sets that can be utilized in the construction, energy and maritime sectors. Fabricators can become entrepreneurs as well as work for local and multi-national agencies.

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Welding is the process of joining materials to fabricate or repair a variety of structures such as structural steel frames, handrails, oil and gas transmission lines, ship building and repairs using the following processes:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process and
  • Flux Core/ Gas Metal Arc Welding (FCAW/ GMAW) process


Welders generally plan their work from drawings and blueprints and they utilize personal protective equipment (PPE), hand tools, power tools, speciality welding tools and equipment as well as heavy machinery to fabricate, assemble and weld materials to produce the various structures.
Welding provides a rewarding career, with highly transferable skill sets that can be utilized in the construction, energy and maritime sectors. Welders can become entrepreneurs as well as work for local and multi-national agencies.