Trade Schools Offer Programs to Adapt to Booming Marcellus Shale Jobs

Mar 20 2014

Oil and Gas industry job training

As the production of Marcellus Shale natural gas increases, so do the jobs. And local trade and technical schools are implementing Oil and Gas Industry job training to keep up with the growing demand for skilled workers.

Consider the numbers:

  • State regulators report that Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania topped three trillion cubic feet in 2013, more than double the previous year’s production. That is the energy equivalent of over 500 million barrels of oil.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the Marcellus Shale now provides about 18 percent of the nation’s natural gas. (may include some West Virginia production)
  • A federal labor report states that Marcellus Shale gas drilling has added about 15,000 direct jobs in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania in recent years.
  • In 2007, the federal government said 5,829 people worked in Pennsylvania’s oil and natural gas industry. By 2012, that number was 20,943 – an increase of 15,114.
  • Pennsylvania went from 10th-largest state in oil and natural gas employment in 2007 to sixth in 2012, with an employment increase of 259.3 percent.

With these numbers in mind, trade and technical schools have developed programs to prepare students for the various jobs in the Oil and Gas Industry. The current struggle in the Marcellus Shale Industry is finding enough qualified candidates to fill the current available jobs.

Rosedale Technical Institute, one of the top Pittsburgh Technical Schools, has spent 60 years training technicians in the areas of diagnostics and heavy equipment repair, a staple in many oil & gas jobs. The goal of Rosedale’s technical training programs is to provide candidates with the skills necessary to maintain a successful career in the Marcellus Shale Industry.

Whether you are looking to enter the Marcellus Shale industry as an Industrial Mechanic or even an Electrician, Rosedale takes your education and your job training seriously. Our classrooms and labs simulate a actual working environment to give you hands-on knowledge of your chosen career field, which is crucial to obtaining employment in the Marcellus Shale industry.

Our Students in the Diesel Technology program students are trained on everything from light equipment repair to heavy duty equipment repair as well as diagnostics to transmissions. There is also have the opportunity to earn a Class A CDL, a “must have” for many of the jobs in the Marcellus Shale industry.
Our Electrical Technology program students are trained thoroughly in both residential and commercial electricity as well as a heavy focus in Programmable Logistic Controllers (PLC’s) and Motor Control Repair, which offers more employment opportunities in the Marcellus Shale industry.

The Marcellus Shale Industry jobs are growing fast, so take advantage of the opportunities. Contact the experts at Rosedale Technical Institute to schedule a tour and see how they can get you started!