New Castle News

March 6, 2012

SRU open houses promote gas well tender training

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Slippery Rock University will host two open houses Thursday for information about its Marcellus shale industry entry-level training.

The open houses will be followed by a four-week training class beginning March 26 for people wanting to become certified oil and gas technicians.

The program is designed to help those who have been displaced or unemployed find new careers in the natural gas industry. The course is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been created with assistance from the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and leaders of the natural gas and oil industries.

Graduates will receive certified oil and gas technician credentials.

Erin Strain, director of the university’s leadership development center, commented, “With the increasing demand for workers related to the extensive Marcellus Shale oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, there is an increased need for training for those who want jobs in the industry.”

The open houses will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The session will give those interested in the field the chance to hear information about the upcoming class and the opportunity to ask questions, Strain said.

The 20-day course is a combined program that supplies the student with general knowledge basic to a wide range of jobs in the natural gas industry. The skill sets are basic to all natural gas facility construction, maintenance and delivery operations.

Classes are 6 to 10 p.m. weekdays at the university’s Leadership Development Center.

The course work includes 31 specialized modules related to the industry. Classes will cover general knowledge, safety, terminology and leadership development among other topics.

Industry regulations will be discussed and reviewed, and industry experts will serve as guest lecturers.

Some sessions will stress safety, including preventing and controlling worksite incidents, pipeline construction safety and specialized safety training. Information about job openings also is part of the program

All graduates will also earn their SafeLand/SafeGulf basic certification.

The cost of the training is $3,880, including the textbook.

Anyone interested may call (724) 738-4334 before March 23 to interview for registration or for additional information.