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Nov. 2, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

 SRU open house promotes gas-well tender opportunities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Leadership Development Center will host open houses from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Nov. 9, at the center for people interested in training for possible entry-level positions as gas-well tenders in the oil and gas industry.

            The four-week program, which includes intensive training, will start in late November or early December. Classes will run 6-10 p.m., five nights a week.

            Erin Strain, director of leadership development at SRU, said those successfully completing the course will receive PEC Basic-SafeLand/SafeGulf certification. The certification card will be helpful in seeking jobs related to the extensive Marcellus shale drilling boom under way throughout Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, she said.

            Strain will teach the two-day leadership development portion of the program.

            The well tender portion of the course is designed to give participants realities of the job expectations and safety issues in the oil and gas industry. Programs such as these are being set up in large measure because of demand for trained employees in the industry.

            “The open houses are designed to provide information potential students may be interested in before pursing training in the gas and oil industry,” Strain said. The sessions will also outline potential employment opportunities. The actual course will have a heavy emphasis on safety.

            A similar class ended in October.

            Classes will also focus on the technology basic to the delivery of natural fuel gasses, preventing and controlling worksite incidents, pipeline construction safety, identifying information procedures basic to gas-well tending and managing operating gas wells. There will be course information about managing and operating gas-well systems, maintaining gas well and pipeline facilities and dealing with abnormal operating conditions associated with well-drilling operations.

            It is believed approximately 60 percent of the nation’s Marcellus Shale footprint is in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale has the potential to provide oil and gas to a large portion of the nation if the resource can be tapped.

The program is being offered in collaboration with the Institute of High Priority Occupations, a consulting firm that provides curriculum and training for career training centers. The company reports a 75 percent success rate in finding jobs in the industry for those who are successful in their coursework.  


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