We are:

1) The Official Tank Training Provider for the 16th consecutive year for PHSMA.

2) The Official sales portal for the FTV RP 2007-17, for the inspection of above-ground FRP tanks. Formerly known as the FTPI RP 2007-1.

3) The only contracted training provider for Official training to and in accordance with the FTV RP 2007-17. Do not accept training from others on this RP.

4) A provider of API 12R1 training for Owners Certification of employ tank inspectors.

5) Author of the API 12B bolted tank guideline simply entitled: "An Introduction to API’s Specification 12B". 2016

6) Creator of the small tank repair guide entitled: "Small welded tank repair Insight" 2017

Where we came from:

The resume of Mr. John Cornell, A Storage Tank Professional.

John R. Cornell
Tank and Terminal Specialist
P.O. Box 611
Titusville, PA 16354 USA
Contact # (814) 706-7514


It has been and remains my desire to work in the petro-chemical industry in a capacity that allows me to draw upon my experience. I believe it is my responsibility to ensure the industries viability as well to preserve the environment for future generations.


Degree of Mechanical Design, Triangle Institute of Technology


In 1989, Mr. Cornell entered the vast work of Above Ground storage tanks first as a Draftsmen for the world renowned tank manufacture, Pittsburgh Des Moines (PDM) After several promotions He traveled for PDM in both the United States and Saudi Arabia.

In 1992, Mr. Cornell began working for an internal floating roof supplier named PETREX, located in Warren, PA USA. Duties included Estimating, Sales and some actual installations of the floating roof systems and perimeter seal systems.

After leaving this position, the President of PETREX, Inc. wrote a letter of reference ensuring all interested parties of Mr. Cornell's knowledge as relating to the PETREX, Inc. line of products.

In 1996, Mr. Cornell founded and operated KC Fabrication and Sales, Inc. until it sold in August 1999, at which time he continued to run the business as President under the new ownership until September 2000. KC Fabrication and Sales, Inc., a floating roof and seal maintenance company, provided fabrication, installation, service, and repair of seal systems for internal and external floating decks used with aboveground storage tanks.

Mr. Cornell’s extensive experience with floating roof and tank systems has earned him the status of “Professional” after being recognized in writing by The US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA.

Relevant Professional Status:
Mr. Cornell has enjoyed a 28-year career in the petro- chemical industry.

Mr. Cornell, in 2001 received a contract from The American Petroleum Institute to offer introductory training for Aboveground Storage Tanks worldwide. Mr. Cornell has enjoyed a 27-year career in the petro- chemical industry. Mr. Cornell has expanded upon this opportunity and is now also the first provider of a long-standing LIVE, Instructor led internet based storage tank training course.
With almost a 100% pass rate on the API 653 Exam, attendees of this training have had many good things to say about the quality of the training and the over-all experience.

In 2001, Mr. Cornell began to provide API Training on AST Standards 650, 653, 575 and etc, to the employees of The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PHMSA which has Five regional offices located across the country and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Training Center is centrally-located in Oklahoma City, OK and the employees of PHMSA receive the best possible training on all the issues as relating to above ground storage tank design, fabrication, construction, inspection, and repair.

In 2004, Mr. Cornell began to be a regular speaker for the annual National Institute of Storage Tank Management. Mr. Cornell has just been officially invited to continue this tradition and to speak at the upcoming 19th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show, in Orlando, FL on April 18-20, 2017

-API Tank Subcommittee (API Standards 620, 650, and 653.) Status / Inactive
-Certified API Aboveground Tank Inspector (API 653), No. 21984
-Certified STI Aboveground Tank Inspector (API SP001), No. AST-405-05
-Business & Law Exam for West Virginia


"Foam Cored Wiper Seals”, Fuel Oil Journal (June 2000).
“Mechanical Shoe Seals”, (for Aboveground Storage Tank Manual, May 2002
 Mr. Cornell is now the chief editor of the online publication, The Storage Tank Journal.

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Letter of graditude:

U.S. Department of Transportation                                                              

3700 S MacArthur Blvd,

Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
November 20, 2014

Mr. John Cornell, Storage Tank Specialist

H.I.R. Technical Services

P.O. Box 611

Titusville, PA 16354

Dear John,

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Inspector Training & Qualifications Division (TQ) wants to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance during our PL2288 Safety Evaluation  of Breakout Tanks Class conducted  April 28 - May 2, 2014,  in Oklahoma City, OK. We are greatly appreciative of the instruction generously provided by you along with class preparation and participation.

Your knowledge, experience and talent spell "dependable professional."

PHMSA's mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in transportation of hazardous materials.  This course will help ensure that Federal and State pipeline safety inspectors conduct their inspection activities in a safe, cognizant and effective manner.

We are sure that each of the students who participated in the class is better prepared as Federal/State inspectors.  We continually strive to enhance the instruction and curriculum of our classes; thus, we look forward to your continued participation in the coming years.

Please accept PHMSA TQ's sincere gratitude for your support of our training mission!


Director of PHMSA Office of Pipeline Safety

Inspector Training and Qualifications Division

cc:  PHMSA Pipeline Safety Specialist / Course Manager