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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Hot Tapping, Squeeze Off, Butt Fusion and Electrofusion for HDPE (PE100).

The new HDPE (PE100) Centre of Excellence at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s Acacia Ridge Training Centre features first class facilities and modern welding equipment with trade qualified teachers delivering practical, hands-on skills using industry’s best practice. These skills will provide opportunities to work in industry sectors that require the installation of HDPE (PE100) piping systems, such as the growing Coal Seam Gas (CSG) sector, mining and mineral processing along with the building and construction trades, including plumbing.

Programs include:
                 Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines (PMBWELD301 B)
                Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines (PMBWELD302B).             
                Non Accredited: Hot Tapping and Squeeze Off

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s HDPE (PE100) Centre of Excellence is also offering field-based Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments which has attracted interest from all major CGS proponents.  The latest training program deals with the important process of Hot Tapping and Squeeze Off. Hot Tapping usually entails cutting in to live Gas or Water main to “T off” to supply other services.  In the CSG market this Hot Tapping process is usually facilitated by single or double Squeeze Off.   Squeeze Off means the polyethylene pipe is squashed to form a Gas or Water isolation.

Squeezed Off HDPE 

T Joint - +GF+

Hot Tap and Valve - +GF+

For further information or to visit the TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s HDPE (PE100) Centre of Excellence Acacia Ridge Training Centre, please email Garry Hargreaves at:


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