Operators, Incorporated is a solely owned subsidiary of Tenneco Oil Company. Operators was formed in 1972 for the purpose of providing a steady work force to Tenneco's offshore, and later onshore, leases. (Prior to 1972, Tenneco used third - party companies to operate its platforms.)
In 1976, Operators began to experience a shortage in trained manpower. This shortage was partly due to the rapid expansion that Tenneco, and consequently Operators, began to experience and partly due to the high demand in the oil industry for experienced personnel. The offshore operations were particularly hit by this high demand for experienced personnel. Due to this high demand, Tenneco management was forced to hire many inexperienced employees.
Because of the increased number of inexperienced employees, the Company also found that the total number of lost-time accidents began to increase. In response to these conditions, the Company decided that it must provide training for their employees.
At first , the Company turned to industry schools in an attempt to provide the needed training. However, after careful investigation, management found that industry schools were not meeting the needs of the Company. The Company began to look for other methods that might meet its needs. They realized that an in-house systematic training approach was required. In addition, the level of accidents must decrease. The Company felt that something must be done to directly influence the accident rate.
In 1978, an in-house training program was proposed and accepted by the Company. The program was called the Modular Training Program (MTP) and was largely modeled after Mager's Criterion Referenced Instruction. A facility was also planned which would provide classrooms and living quarters. Finally, a comprehensive safety program was immediately put into effect to influence the accident rate. (A large part of the safety program is automatically built into MTP. MTP is oriented towards the safest and most effective skills possible. Because of this, the safety program will not be described in this paper. )
Following the initial recommendation to build a Training Facility, construction began in the middle of 1979 and was completed in October of 1980. The Training Facility is located on five acres of land on the west side of Lafayette , Louisiana. The 24,000 square-foot building houses the administrative offices for development and implementation. The building also contains a galley that will seat 45 people; a recreation room; twelve bedrooms capable of housing 48 trainees; two large and two small classrooms for. individualized study; a complete graphics and video department; and a large work area for hands-on training . The Training Facility contains a simulated platform immediately behind the building. The simulated platform has the gas production equipment for separating and processing compressed air, salt water, and a nonflammable liquid which simulates the viscosity of condensate. The 13,900 square-foot platform also has a helipad; three operational cranes; a well deck area; navigational lights and fog horn; water safety equipment; fire fighting equipment; the different production safety systems (safety devices, ESD, fire loop, etc.); and an electronic production monitoring system.