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America's Greatest Projects and Their Engineers - III

COURSE NO: B06-004
COURSE PROVIDER: Dominic Perrotta, P.E.
America's Greatest Projects and Their Engineers - III
Note: New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes in great detail the many ups and downs of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) project and the reasons why the project was lengthier and much more costly than it should have been. It traces the events from the time that ARCO had a major crude oil find in 1968 on the North Slope of Alaska until the first oil tanker left the Valdez Terminal in 1977. The many engineering challenges faced by Alyeska and its engineering and construction teams is related in an intimate manner never before described.


The first part of this course focuses on the decision by Alyeska and its predecessor TAPS to move forward with an extremely difficult, if not impossible, project. The second part of this course describes in great detail the efforts of the many engineers and others to overcome the many political roadblocks and design/construction challenges that were being encountered.


This project emphasizes the tenacity and wisdom of key people in the private sector who combined their considerable talents to complete such an enormous project that is still a great benefit to the United States today. In spite of numerous delays, it came on stream at an opportune time for our nation. It solidified the United States as being self-reliant on our energy needs, and proved to the rest of the world that we could not be intimidated because of our religious or political beliefs.


This 6 PDH online course is intended for engineers of all disciplines interested in understanding the project management strategies applied as well as the leadership skills and techniques used to overcome the obstacles encountered during the implementation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Project.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning why TAPS moved forward with the project despite lack of government approval.
  • Learning why the TAPS plans did not materialize in the early years of the project
  • Understanding the role that the federal government officials can play in the disapproval or acceleration of even a large, privately funded project
  • Discovering how leadership played such a major factor in one of the most significant projects in the history of the United States
  • Discovering how the Alyeska Task Group continued to emphasize quality control even during the lengthy delay process
  • Understanding the obstacles that confronted the Project Team members and the unique techniques that were implemented
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “America’s Greatest Projects and their Engineers - III”.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
America's Greatest Projects and their Engineers - III (2.1 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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