NiSource, Inc. is one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States. The company’s utility subsidiaries — Columbia Gas and NIPSCO — provide natural gas and electric service to approximately 4 million customers across seven states in the Midwest, the South and New England. In 2015, NiSource spun o its pipelines into a separately traded public company, Columbia Pipeline Group, which includes 15,000 miles of natural gas pipeline and 300 billion cubic feet of storage, plus other midstream assets in the Marcellus and Utica shales.
NiSource has established a goal to be the premier provider of natural gas distribution services. To achieve this goal, they are undertaking a number of initiatives to “Modernize Operations,” including a commitment to strengthen and spread a culture that transforms and sustains industry-leading safety and operational performance through training and process improvement.
The operations workforce is the company’s most important asset, and while NiSource has a long history of investing in training and development, a new commitment is required to achieve their modernization strategies. The need to do this work now is magnified by changing demographics due to the expected wave of retirements, increasing and changing regulatory pressure, the increasing complexity of work due to new infrastructure and technology in the field, and the high consequence of human error.
To address these challenges, NiSource partnered with Mosaic to create a “Culture of Learning” by developing an integrated training program that achieves, sustains and confirms mastery in field employees. This program enables the operations workforce to become fully competent more quickly and in a more complex environment. The new “Culture of Learning” includes the following elements of best-in-class field operations training: