Oklahoma's Energy Industry Seeks Workers through Job Fair

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A job fair has been scheduled as part of a continuing effort by the state's energy industry to recruit employees.

The job fair was designed to connect potential employees with recruiters from the state's largest energy companies.

Participating companies will include Chesapeake Energy, Halliburton, Hamm & Phillips, Nomca Drilling, Unit Drilling, Schlumberger, High Plains Technology Center and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

The job fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Moore Norman Technology Center's South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City.

Sponsors include the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Workforce Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

CareerTech stands ready to assist individuals who are wanting to transition into new careers, said Phil Berkenbile, state director of CareerTech. We are providing assessments, career counseling and training to prepare individuals to successfully enter into jobs in the oil and gas industry.

One CareerTech school, High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, offers free training at the Oil and Gas Training Center, which was awarded a $2.4 million grant in November from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Until it received the grant in November, the Oil and Gas Training Center had been operating since August 2003 on a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Labor, which designated High Plains as the official Mid-Continent site for oil and gas training in Oklahoma, Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.

The new funds will be used for two years of oil and gas industry job training at the technology center. The center trains new employees in the industry and helps upgrade the job skills of existing workers.

Training areas include well servicing, oil and gas drilling, and oil and gas production. The 40-hour classes are taught over five consecutive days.

The grant pays for the cost of training. Students who qualify for the program pay no fees. …