Keeping America Energized

With the vast majority of energy harnessed and consumed in the United States still coming from fossil fuels, Strobel Companies primarily support the growth and distribution of liquid energy. Welding is key to its operations.

AWS Publications | April 18, 2022 | Tech and Industries
Welding Digest ►  Keeping America Energized

With the vast majority of energy harnessed and consumed in the United States still coming from fossil fuels, Strobel Companies primarily support the growth and distribution of liquid energy. Welding is key to its operations.

Strobel Energy Group is an engineering, procurement, and construction company that designs and builds large structures; Strobel Fabrication is a full-service ASME-certified steel fabrication facility; and Strobel Energy Logistics loads and offloads liquid from trucks, tank cars, and vessels.

 

Lead photo: Piping system for truck loading.

 

Welding Ensures a Successful Project

Strobel’s 30-plus years of serving the energy sector have proven that a cohesive team of engineers, procurement specialists, and construction professionals can provide a smoother project process, mitigate risk to the owner, and deliver quickly to market. Many times a project can look perfect on paper, but it still needs a high level of expertise to merge its energy and rail components. Welding is key to a successful project and critical to keeping America energized.

Photo 2-3Strobel Energy Group has an experienced team that manages every aspect of a project, from concept to the completed facility.

 

Strobel Director of QA/QC Greg Schroeter says it’s his job to assure every weld is a quality weld that will last. He is also responsible for ensuring safety on the job.

“Strobel Energy Group treats every job as a code job,” said Schroeter. “Our staff starts by looking at the project specifications, documenting the expectations, then developing an inspection and test plan, or ITP. This ITP highlights the items that need special attention or further inspection by the customer along with the engineering/design team. This document is shared with the client and with all employees directly involved with the success of the project. This ITP can be developed for all construction activities, such as civil/concrete, welding, mechanical piping, coatings, and hydrotesting, and follows the layout of the Strobel Quality Management System. Construction industry professionals are aware of the importance of having a robust quality program within an organizational structure to support such a system. In the oil and gas industry, there is a lot of preparatory work in selecting the right contractor to perform the job and a rigorous vetting process submitting welding procedures prior to the start of a job.

“Communication is absolutely critical, and possibly the most important thing is hiring and promoting those welders who really, really care, the one who takes pride in his or her work. We have a welder on staff who recently completed some code-required testing with a 100% success rate over the course of a year: 389 of 389 perfect welds.”

 

The New Generation of Welders

It’s no secret America needs skilled craftspeople. Schroeter say everyone in the welding industry should be working together to promote the incredible value of this skill and all the trades because they are critical to the future.

“At Strobel Companies, we support and encourage young welders any chance we get,” said Schroeter. “Our local AWS chapter regularly provides donated equipment back to local schools and their welding programs. But we all need to actively teach, encourage, promote, and motivate the coming generation. We hear about rebuilding the infrastructure of our country. In my opinion, it can’t happen without a new generation that is dedicated to all the skilled crafts. They really will be the backbone of America.”

 

This article was written by Larry Myers (marketing strategist/client development at Strobel Companies, Clarks, Neb.) for the American Welding Society.