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CAMBRIDGE -- Anyone who is interested in a career in the gas and oil industry has an opportunity to enroll in the Oil & Gas Engineering Technology program at Zane State College in Cambridge to gain the required knowledge to engage in the most challenging and dynamic industry in Ohio and around the world.
Just ask any of the eight students who just graduated from the two-year degree program May 7.
Only one of the eight young men said he is going on to a four-year degree program in petroleum engineering.
The majority said they just want a job in oil and gas, where some of their first-year classmates have already gone.
Robert Stonerock and Paul Paslay, instructors for Zane State’s OGET program, said in the first year of the two-year program there were 18 students.
Like any industry that relies on physical labor for many of its operations, and they know when a person enrolled in a college-level oil and gas program has a basic knowledge of its operation, oil and gas scouts are knocking on the door.
About a third of the students who enrolled in this year’s OGET program answered the call to begin working at entry-level positions. Others realized the course work required total dedication to some very tough classes, such as algebra, trigonometry, software applications, world and regional geography, chemistry, hydraulics and pneumatics, reservoir/formation evaluation and even public speaking. Most of the class work is actually done in the Willet-Pratt Training Center on the college’s campus, some classes are at the Zane State Advanced Science and Technology Center in Zanesville.
The final requirement to qualify to receive an associate degree is a capstone project — something that is physically related to the industry and verifies your understanding of the OGET program. The project can be the work of a student or two, or the entire class.
This year, Jake Van Allen and Tyler Wells created a p.i.g. — a pipeline inspection gauge — for their capstone project, which was designed on a 3-D printer at the college’s IDEA Lab on the Zanesville campus.
“The printing wasn’t done by Tyler or Jake personally, but they were involved in the design process. Their capstone project was to complete everything that needed to be done to make the pig launcher actually work. They did the wiring for the vacuum motors and anything else physically connected to the project,” said Paslay.
In a real-life situation, pigs can vary in size and composition, depending on the size of the pipeline and what the pig is designed to accomplish, primarily, helping with the maintenance of transmission pipelines. These pipeline pigging devices are major components to pipeline safety and accident prevention. They are inspecting for leaks and for a build up of oil and gas sludge. They are called pigs because they are an abbreviation for “pipeline inspection gauge” and also because they squeal when running though the pipeline.
The Oil & Gas Engineering Technology program at Zane State College emphasizes the basic science and technology of oil and natural gas exploration, development, and distribution. The completion of the Oil & Gas Engineering Technology program leads to a career in oil and natural gas exploration, drilling, completion, production, natural gas compression, distribution, and related field services. An emphasis is placed on the development of the oil and natural gas resources in Ohio and the surrounding Appalachian Basin including the application of the best available technology utilized in the traditional oil and gas formations as well as those applied to the Marcellus and Utica Shales.
Students will develop an awareness of the oil and natural gas industry; establish the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary for developing the fundamentals of the scientific and engineering technology needed in the oil and natural gas industry along with the specific technical knowledge and skills that are required to obtain careers in the Oil and Gas Engineering Technology.
For more information about the OGET program or any of the 46 programs offered at Zane State, go to www.zanestate.edu.