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U.S. Midstream Industry: A Wealth of Opportunities Presented by Gas Processors Association (GPA) What we’ll talk about today Why we’re here Why you should pay attention A quick look at our industry Where YOU fit in Career opportunities Benefits of internships

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u s midstream industry

U.S. Midstream Industry:

A Wealth of Opportunities

Presented by Gas Processors Association (GPA)

what we ll talk about today
What we’ll talk about today
  • Why we’re here
  • Why you should pay attention
  • A quick look at our industry
  • Where YOU fit in
  • Career opportunities
  • Benefits of internships
  • Scholarships
  • How to get involved
why we re here
Why we’re here

API reports that 50% of today’s energy industry engineers

(average age: 51) will retire by the year 2015.

Top 6 workforce issues (an API study)

(Scale: 1=Not at all, 2=Low, 3=Medium, 4=High, 5=Extremely High)

why you should listen
Why you should listen

The opportunities are there.

  • Know about them.
  • Take advantage of them.

We’re devoted to attracting, training and retaining our industry’s future.

midstream a simple explanation
Midstream: a simple explanation

Natural gas has to go from Point A to Point B.

Point A involves getting the gas out of the ground and into the pipeline.

Point B is where the gas eventually ends up, so you can cook your food and heat your home.

The line that connects Point A to Point B is where the midstream industry takes over.

gas processing connecting a to b
Gas processing: connecting A to B
  • Raw natural gas consists of hydrocarbons:
  • methane
  • propane
  • butane
  • pentane
  • plus many more

It also contains undesired materials: sulfur compounds, water, mercury, etc.

That raw natural gas must be purified, or “processed,” to meet quality standards and specifications set by the major pipeline and distribution companies.

a more detailed view
A more detailed view












Gas Plant






Chemical Plants

“Residue Gas”


Interstate Pipelines






Liquids Processing


Gas Processing

the end result
The end result

Without the act of processing, the delivery of natural gas to your home wouldn’t be possible.

Plus, we wouldn’t see some of these familiar products on the market without hydrocarbons:

the future of natural gas supplies
The future of natural gas supplies

Perception: the liberal media report that we’re about to run out of natural gas.

Reality: Estimated proven reserves of natural gas as of 2008 is 6,342 trillion cubic feet!

The Houston Astrodome has a volume of about 41 million cubic feet.

In essence, we have proven reserves roughly equal to the volume of 155 million Astrodomes!

so where do you fit in
So where do YOU fit in?

The midstream industry offers a wide variety of entry-level opportunities for civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and chemical/petroleum engineering majors.

  • Engineers in our industry …
  • Work to improve efficiencies
  • Assist in developing new technology
  • Help identify and screen alternatives to improve existing operations OR to design and build new operations
  • Act as combination engineers, scientists, economists, market development specialists and business executives.
abundant opportunities for engineers
Abundant opportunities for engineers

Civil: pipelines, facility site preparation, foundation design

Structural: skid design, pipe rack design, platform design

Electrical: instrumentation design, specification and maintenance, facility electrification, motor design & specification

Mechanical: pipeline and equipment specification and design, mechanical integrity

Chemical/Petroleum: process design, equipment sizing, process optimization, operations support

there s no such thing as a dead end job
There’s no such thing as a dead-end job

Companies in our industry want their employees to learn, develop and advance. Most offer:

  • Entry-level and professional development programs
  • Continuing education
  • Lucrative career paths matching your goals to the company’s needs
career opportunities
Career opportunities

Approximately 570 operating gas processing plants in the United States

Jobs predominately located in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming and New Mexico

interested yet learn how to learn more
Interested yet? Learn how to learn more.
  • We don’t expect you to know about our industry. That’s why internship opportunities exist.
  • Internships are mutually beneficial …
  • Companies get to know you better, while you have 2-3 months to see if the midstream industry is where you want to build a long-term career.
  • You get to work on unique and challenging projects directly related to your field of study, while getting paid AND building your resume.
  • Companies with intern programs hire the majority of their entry-level full time employees from their intern pool.
more about internship opportunities
More about internship opportunities

Every fall, recruiters visit select campuses across the U.S. to meet and interview students.

  • In general, campus visits depend on:
  • A company’s particular needs
  • The quality of programs offered by your school
  • Your school’s geographic proximity to a company’s facilities

Recruiters typically visit in late September for career fairs to meet students and answer general questions. They return in early October to hold interviews with previously selected students.

how to find internship opportunities
How to find internship opportunities
  • Do your homework.
  • Visit www.GPAglobal.org to become familiar with who GPA member companies are.
  • Research the companies you’re interested in working for, and explore the careers section of their web sites.
  • Contact your university’s career services center to find out about opportunities and to learn when recruiters will be on campus. You can apply for internship positions and submit your resumes online through your campus placement office.
  • When you meet with someone from a GPA member company, use that company’s GPA involvement as a conversation starter. It lets that person know that you’ve done some research. Showing interest, alone, will increase your chances of landing an interview.
other opportunities
Other opportunities

Each GPA chapter supports colleges and universities in their local/regional areas.

$80,000 in scholarships go to students interested in the midstream industry each year, thanks to these GPA chapters:

  • Houston
  • Midcontinent (Oklahoma City/Tulsa)
  • North Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth)
  • Permian Basin (Midland/Odessa)
  • Rocky Mountain (Denver)

Learn more about chapters and scholarships: www.GPAglobal.org

the bottom line is the bottom line
The bottom line IS the bottom line.

Midstream is a viable, durable and profitable business area with strong growth prospects. Check it out!

let s talk
Let’s talk!

For questions or more information about the midstream industry, internship and scholarship opportunities or entry level jobs within the industry, contact Kenny.

Kenny Wheat

GPA Director, Technical Services

(918) 493-3872


Photos used in this presentation are courtesy of ConocoPhillips.