Training for Success

A well trained work force is another key to our success.


Proof Positive

“I want to recognize the success [The DDS Companies] had in this past years Plastic Fusion School compared to the previous year. For the amount of employees you had go through this year, the failure rate was the lowest of any approved contractor group. I especially noticed the decreased failure rate from your company’s new hires that went through the school this year. Your efforts to train them prior to my 3-day PE school helped with their understanding and I saw them follow along easier during the Powerpoint presentation and asking very good questions (I like that, shows that they are interested and paying attention). I have kept a box of fusions made from one of your groups to show others just how good a new hire can make a fusion if they take their time and do it correct.”
From a training professional at Rochester Gas and Electric

Development Training

Most companies leave technical training to their foremen. At The DDS Companies we understand that while some foremen may excel at training new employees, others may not, even though they may be excellent at performing specific tasks. In order to level the training field for all we have instituted progression training programs for our new field employees, an example for our Gas Laborers consists of the following components:

  • New Employee Orientation – All new field employees receive an orientation consisting of a company overview and pertinent safety topics.
  • Formal Training – Classroom training on construction tasks combined with hands-on training in the shop. Classes are led by Trainers and Subject Matter Experts. Training is fully documented and a written test is administered.
  • On the Job Training (OJT) – Foremen and new employees will be responsible for completing the OJT Check List. The purpose of this list is to document that new employees have received the training and had the opportunity to perform and become proficient in those tasks with supervision on the job.
  • Operator Qualification Testing (Gas field employees only) – Once employees have completed their training related to tasks which are covered under the DOT Operator Qualification Program they will be allowed to take the testing.
  • Equipment Training Program – Documents the training and proficiency of employees on various work tools used on our construction sites. Records are updated twice per year.

Regulatory Training

Our safety and training team provides the following required training for our employees.

  • OSHA 10-hour
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • New Employee Training
  • Flagging
  • Weekly Toolbox Talks
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Trenching / Excavation
  • Confined Space
  • Lock Out/Tag Out
  • Hazard Communication / Globally Harmonized System
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Respiratory Protection

We have experience training employees of other companies in these subject areas so if you have a training need please contact us.