Energy Expo adds job fair for gas industry prospects
This years Energy Expo, which offers residents a chance to learn more about the natural gas industry in Garfield County, will include a job fair.Sponsored by EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., the second annual Energy Expo will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.The Job Fair will post current openings, and gas company staff will be available to speak with prospective employees about skills needed to work in the industry.We are aware of the need for local workers in our industry and added the job fair to encourage dialogue between workforce and employers, said Joel Fox, team leader for EnCanas South Piceance Basin operations.Colorado Mountain College and other schools will discuss training, degree and certificate programs that will prepare students for jobs and careers in the oil and gas industry.While some may associate employment in the oil and gas industry only with the operation of rigs and heavy construction, a wide range of technical skills are needed for todays sophisticated process technology, said Steve Soychak, district manager for Williams Production, the other major gas company operating in Garfield County.Geologists, engineers and specialists in such areas as environment, health, safety, and land negotiations are also needed for the exploration and production of natural gas, Soychak said.Organizers estimate that more than 30 entities will participate in the Energy Expo and Job Fair 2004. EnCana and Williams as well as other operators will be available for questions along with local and regional contractors. Government and industry organizations include the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States and Garfield County government.Some summer jobs are available but most youth need to be over 18 years of age. There will also be a few jobs offered by non-industry entities such as Garfield County.Corporate sponsors of the EnCana Energy Expo and Job Fair 2004 include Cameron, Caza Drilling, Champion Technologies, Flint Energy Services, JW Measurement Co., Questar Applied Technology Services, Rain for Rent, Speedy Heavy Hauling, Sterling Construction Co., Weatherford International and Williams Production.Information: 625-6600.
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