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You've likely heard the term

plastic, polymer, and resin,

but what do they mean and

how do they relate to plastic

pipe? Read on to find out!







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Introduction to Polyethylene Piping for Oil and Gas

All the basics to understand PE Pipe Materials; Codes and Standards, Joining; and Handling and Installation for Oil and Gas Applications.

This course provides a broad overview of polyethylene (PE) piping used in oil & gas applications and is intended for anyone interested in gaining a basic understanding of PE systems. This self-paced course covers basic material properties, manufacturing, codes & standards, joining, and installation & handling. Each course module includes questions to assess your knowledge and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.





Your Instructor


Randy Knapp
Randy Knapp

Randy Knapp, Ph.D. is the Director of Engineering for the Energy Piping Systems of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) responsible for the coordination of research, development of technical documentation, regulatory affairs, industry outreach, and marketing activities of the division. Knapp represents PPI members on many gas industry standards and code development organizations including: ASTM F17; CSA Z662 Clause 12; AGA Plastic Materials Committee; Plastic Pipe Data Collection Committee (PPDC), and the Gas Pipe Technology Committee. Knapp has more than 20 years of experience in the application of high-performance plastic piping systems, and was formerly the brand/product manager for UPONOR - USA, and the Engineering Manager for Wirsbo in North America. Knapp earned a BS in mechanical engineering from California State University - Northridge, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.


I found the course covered some extremely valuable information, regarding both the Oil & Gas sector specifically, as well as PE in general. I plan to encourage vendors, customers, and end users to engage with the course.

- Logan Bridges, Executive Vice President, United Poly Systems. May 2020