Online Training Produces Better Employees: One Student’s Experience with UST Training
Anyone who has ever worked at a gas station as a “petroleum transfer engineer” knows there is more to the job than just pumping gas. Safety is paramount, and there is an entire set of protocols one must be familiar with in order to ensure that there’s no leakage, seepage, or any other disasters. This week, we’ve invited John Clutterbuck, 24, who works at a busy gas station in Mesa, AZ, to talk about his experience when he took the Class C UST Operator Training Course.
John, was this the first time you took an online training course?
Yes. I didn’t even know you could get UST training online until I did a Google search for it.
Were you born and raised in the Mesa area?
No, I moved here when I was about 10 years-old. I’m originally from Littleton, CO.
Where are you working right now?
Right now, I’m the daytime shift manager at a very busy gas station off of I-17 in the heart of Mesa.
What prompted you to take the UST online training course?
When I was promoted to shift manager, I was required to take it. The shift managers have to supervise gas deliveries to make sure all the fuel is properly pumped and stored in the underground tanks.
Do you feel you missed out on anything by not taking the course in a classroom?
Not at all. My boss told me about a place that gives the course, but it was 25 miles away, and I didn’t want to miss work by driving 50 miles round-trip for an entire week. When I found the course online, I showed it to my boss, and he told me to go for it. Plus, it was much less expensive than taking the course in person.
Has the online training course helped you perform your job better?
Yes, absolutely. I am so much more aware of how important safety is when it comes to filling the tanks.
If you were given a “do-over,” how would you change your career path?
I would have definitely looked into learning a trade when I was still in high school. My dad opened his own car repair shop when we moved to Mesa, and he’s always been after me to learn more about fixing cars.
Who has been the best boss you’ve ever worked for?
Mike, the general manager of the station is pretty cool. He was really impressed when I found the UST course online.
What frustrates you most about your job?
Not much, really, but people who pull up to the pumps with their tanks on the wrong side annoy me. It’s not good to stretch out the hoses.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d really like to own my own gas station, or maybe a whole chain of them. I think I’m going to need to take some more online courses before I do that, though.
Thanks so much for your time, John.