Looking to land a job in the Marcellus Shale drilling industry? You’re not alone. According to Mike Forgione, a representative from the PA Institute of High Priority Occupations, there are a number of jobs available, including:
Jobs in the gas industry range from title searches, to making sure state environmental regulations are followed to determining where to drill, designing, building, drilling, transporting water, welding pipe, maintaining wells and other outside jobs.
Forgione said drillers require experience, best obtained through internships, and some jobs, like engineering and Department of Environmental Protection positions, do require a four-year college degree.
Engineering positions, which require bachelors’ degrees, yield $60,000 to $80,000 annually.
Nontechnical college degree positions are also open in the oil and gas industry. These include information technology, human resources, public relations and office relations.
Blue-collar positions include construction supervisors, heavy equipment operators, drillers, diesel mechanics, CDL truck drivers, pipeline welders and well tenders.*
Dennis Dull, also from the Institute, said the following about “roughneck” jobs:
"It’s the meanest, ugliest work you’ll ever have, with 12- to 14-hour days, 14 days on, seven off. We start with an aggressive, open, honest interview and extensive background check."*
Being a roughneck is hard work, but it pays well and there are plenty of openings.
One place to start your shale industry job search (at least in southwestern PA) is with the Institute: 724-635-0211.
*Pittsburgh (PA) Daily Courier (Feb 16, 2012) – Program attempts to spark interest in oil, natural gas careers