Energy

The CTE Energy Cluster Introduces Students to the Oil and Gas Industry and Petroleum Engineering Jobs

Energy jobs are abundant in the state of Texas. Texas is a huge part of the energy industry with multiple energy companies serving the state and beyond.  One such company, Reliant Energy (NRG Energy), has deep Texas roots, providing power to millions of homes and businesses, as well as employing thousands of Texas workers. (Reliant

Oil Rig and Oil Refinery Work in the Energy Industry and Power Plants

The Energy Career Cluster prepares high school CTE students for careers in designing, planning, maintaining, generating, and distributing energy.

Energy jobs in Texas include oil rig jobs, oilfield jobs, and offshore jobs.

Some of the most popular energy jobs include drilling, roughneck, oil rig manager, gas plant operator, chemical engineer, well tester, petroleum geologist, and petroleum engineer.

A job offshore typically involves working on an oil platform that extracts natural resources from beneath the ocean floor. These self-contained mini-cities offer a wide range of jobs from highly skilled engineering and supervising positions, to manual labor jobs such as roustabout and roughneck. (Chronicle)

Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineers are a crucial part of the energy industry.  The average petroleum engineer salary is around $140,000 annually, making the career a lucrative one.

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. A petroleum engineer can also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. (BLS)

Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

The CTE Oil and Gas Exploration and Production program of study focuses on processing, refining, and distributing petroleum and gas. It introduces CTE students to managing pipelines, controlling pumping systems, and operating machinery to generate electric power.

Energy Exploration with Esri and ArcGIS

ArcGIS is a comprehensive GIS (geographic information system) for gas utilities. It contains all the elements needed to meet utility challenges and maintains key information for natural gas distribution mapping and analysis. (ArcGIS Online)

GIS for oil and gas enables advanced mapping and spatial analytics.  With GIS, oil and gas operators can capture data about potential drill sites, map pipelines, manage field teams, and analyze exploratory wells. (Unearth Labs)

Drill operators

Drill operators supervise a team during rigging and drilling operations. They monitor well activity and take measures in case of emergencies. (123 Test)

Extraction workers

The term ‘extraction worker’ can refer to any professional involved in extracting resources from the ground or the sea. Members of an oil rig crew are extraction workers, as are miners and anyone else who drills, siphons, or otherwise removes material from the ground or ocean. Career Explorer

Oil Refining and Chemical Processes

The Refining and Chemical Processes program of study allows CTE learners to discover how to monitor, adjust, and control equipment in petrochemical plants and refineries. It introduces students to the computer technology used to operate equipment systems and industrial processes.

Process technology involves every aspect of chemical processing, including extracting chemicals such as oil and natural gas, refining them, and carefully monitoring the process.  (COM)

Crude oil is a naturally occurring petroleum product composed of hydrocarbon deposits and other organic materials. Crude oil is a fossil fuel that is refined to produce usable products including gasoline, diesel, and various other forms of petrochemicals. (Investopedia)

Trade publications like World Oil and Oilman Magazine can help students and prospective oil and gas workers current information on the dynamic energy industry.

The six basic petrochemicals are ethylene, propylene, butylenes, benzene, toluene, and xylenes. These petrochemicals can be made into plastics, nylons, and polyesters. Petrochemicals are essential building blocks in the petrochemical manufacturing process by making products like paints, plastics, solar panels, medicines, phones, and more. (Empower)

MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT)

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) ® 4.0 certification program recognizes individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the entry-level. The goal of the CPT 4.0 certification program is to raise the level of performance of production technicians to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.  (MSSC)  High school CTE students can work toward earning a CPT certification while in some CTE programs.

Gas Plant Operators and Power Plant Operators

A Gas Plant Operator distributes gas for utility companies by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines. (BLS)

A Power Plant Operator or distributor controls power plants and the flow of electricity from plants to substations, which then distribute electricity to businesses, homes, and factories. (BLS)

Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers control the operation of petroleum refining and processing units.

Petroleum Pump Operators monitor and operate energy equipment and pumps to ensure proper functioning. (Career One Stop)

A refinery operator monitors and controls specialized equipment that processes raw material into products. This can include turning natural gas or petroleum into specified products. (Indeed)

A gauger is one who gauges and tests the amount of oil in storage tanks and regulates the flow of oil and other petroleum products into pipelines at wells, tank farms, refineries, and marine and rail terminals.(Career Match)

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