Marathon Petroleum earns CCO Gold Employer Award

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(L-R) Rick Silva, MPC Advanced Training Specialist; Evan Inboden; and Thom Sickelsteel, CEO of CCO.
  • Marathon Petroleum received the 2023 CCO Gold Employer Award for its commitment to having employees CCO-certified.
  • CCO is a non-profit organization that provides certification to load handling equipment operators who have been trained to safely operate heavy equipment.
  • Marathon Petroleum was within the top 60 companies out of 4,200 unique employers.
CCO-certified crane operator Jerry Redfern working at the Los Angeles refinery.

Marathon Petroleum was recently commended for demonstrating its commitment to safety by having employees CCO-certified. The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO) is a non-profit organization formed to develop and administer a nationwide program for the certification of load handling

The Gold Employer Award demonstrates that Marathon Petroleum strives for excellence in its hiring and training efforts and works hard to earn, maintain and protect its safety reputation in the industry.

“Marathon Petroleum takes the time and energy to get their personnel CCO-certified to the highest certification standard, thereby raising the safety awareness of the entire company,” said CCO CEO Thom Sicklesteel.

In October 2020, Marathon Petroleum centralized the Maintenance Training Organization to provide a consistent, high-quality and efficient maintenance training program at each refinery. 

"They have taken proactive steps to ensure that their employees have the knowledge and skills to perform their assigned job duties safely.”

“Our team collaborated with refinery teams to standardize, at almost all locations, CCO as our certifying body. This alignment shift has improved the safety and reliability of our company’s mobile equipment training across the Refining Organization,” said Evan Inboden, Maintenance Training Supervisor at Marathon Petroleum. “The CCO award is an indicator that we are on the right track.”

CCO’s new Employer Awards are based on testing volume as indicated by candidates on their exam applications. Marathon Petroleum was within the top 60 companies sending the highest volume of candidates through CCO testing in 2022, out of 4,200 unique employers identified.

“CCO’s Employer Awards provide a means for safety-conscious employers such as Marathon Petroleum to show their clients, potential clients and employees that they are serious about safety, and that they have taken proactive steps to ensure that their employees have the knowledge and skills to perform their assigned job duties safely,” said CCO Marketing Director Tara Whittington. “CCO is delighted to welcome Marathon Petroleum into this pre-eminent group of companies who have distinguished themselves in their dedication to safety through their commitment to CCO certification.”

Machinists Sean Weger, Zach Kocher, Robb Monroe in Robinson, Illinois, are all CCO-certified