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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A Wealth of Opportunities
Presented by Gas Processors Association (GPA)
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)
The opportunities are there.
We’re devoted to attracting, training and retaining our industry’s future.
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.
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.
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:
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!
The midstream industry offers a wide variety of entry-level opportunities for civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and chemical/petroleum engineering majors.
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
Companies in our industry want their employees to learn, develop and advance. Most offer:
Approximately 570 operating gas processing plants in the United States
Jobs predominately located in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming and New Mexico
Every fall, recruiters visit select campuses across the U.S. to meet and interview students.
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.
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:
Learn more about chapters and scholarships: www.GPAglobal.org
Midstream is a viable, durable and profitable business area with strong growth prospects. Check it out!
For questions or more information about the midstream industry, internship and scholarship opportunities or entry level jobs within the industry, contact Kenny.
GPA Director, Technical Services
Photos used in this presentation are courtesy of ConocoPhillips.