Royce Peters, senior technical coordinator for the Carpenters International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. The ITC is the largest and most-comprehensive training facility of its kind in the world. Following the completion of phase six of construction in 2018, the center now has more than 1.2 million square feet under-roof.
Peters listed some of the unique training tools available at the facility, including a Frame 7 gas turbine, a 64-MW steam turbine, eight overhead bridge cranes, and a 16,000-gallon underwater-welding dive tank, among other things. The facility is one of the largest publishers of technical training materials in the world, with more than 120 books created and more under development.
The Carpenters International Training Fund and its affiliated funds invest more than $200 million a year to develop and deliver training, enhance knowledge and skill sets, and create new opportunities for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) members. Outreach programs include Career Connections, which targets high schoolers and inner-city residents, among others, with training leading to a career in the industry, and Helmets to Hardhats, which gives military members the opportunity to transition more easily to the civilian workforce. But people interested in joining the UBC don’t have to go through one of the outreach programs, anyone can apply by contacting their nearest regional council office.
There’s a lot of see at the ITC and the ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition is making it possible by offering a tour of the facility as an option for attendees. To learn more and to register for the event, which will be held April 23–26, 2019, at The Mirage Events Center in Las Vegas, visit: https://2019.electricpowerexpo.com/.
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