Kishwaukee College welcomed Enbridge representatives to campus April 5 to accept a pipe beveler for the college’s welding program.
Bernie Pupino, coordinator of Career Technologies at Kish, has a working relationship with Enbridge and discussed the possibility of the company donating the pipe beveler. A pipe beveler is specialized equipment to cut metal pipe to prepare the ends for welding with consistent precision. A pipe beveler can also be used to debur the cut ends for safety reasons. The addition of the pipe beveler to the welding program will give students hands-on experience with specialized equipment that is integral to pipe-fitting jobs.
Representatives from Enbridge who presented the beveler were John Gauderman, director Great Lakes Region; David Bareham, Griffith area manager; Taylor Smith, senior community engagement analyst; Jay Himango, pipeline services supervisor; David Losiniecki, senior welder; and Dan Morang, senior welder.
Accepting the donation from Kish College were Laurie Borowicz, president; Bill Nicklas, executive director of the KC Foundation; Joanne Kantner, vice president of instruction; Matt Feuerborn, dean of career technologies; Bernie Pupino, coordinator of career technologies; and Zachery Caccia, assistant professor of welding.
After the formal presentation, the welders from Enbridge worked with Zach Caccia to demonstrate the beveler to students in the welding program, using a 36-inch metal pipe.
Enbridge Inc. is an energy infrastructure company with a network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation. The company delivers an average of 2.8 million barrels of crude oil each day through its Mainline and Express Pipeline, and accounts for nearly 68 percent of U.S.-bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20 percent of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. serving key supply basins and demand markets. Enbridge also has a growing involvement in electricity infrastructure with interests in more than 2,500 MW of net renewable generating capacity, and an expanding offshore wind portfolio in Europe.
Enbridge has a long history of commitment to supporting educational opportunities. The company established the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship at Kishwaukee College several years ago. The donation of the beveler is a demonstration of the company’s support of technical education.