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PESA News - Fall 2011

PESA News - Fall 2011

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Fall 2011 edition of PESA News
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Volume 65, Number 3Fall 2011www.pesa.org
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 Nov. 16, 20115:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Lakeside Country ClubFYI: Oxy Oil & Gas will acceptthe award and ten executiveswill attend to network withPESA members, including:
William Albrecht
President, Oxy Oil & Gas
Stacy Palmatary
 Vice President, Supply Chain
Jeff Bennett
Director, Supply Chain Management
Richard Jackson
 Vice President, Drilling Americas
Jeff Simmons
 Vice President, Subsurface Engineering
Vicki Hollub
President, Permian CO2
Michael Land
President, Permian Prime Development
Bill Roby
President, Mid-Continent
Joseph DeDominic
President, Williston
Ron Brokmeyer
President, South Texas
2012 Suppy Cai Semia
Feb. 1, 2012InterContinental Hotel HoustonFYI: Speakers TBA
PESA Execuie Addess Seies
Feb 28, 2012Westin Memorial CityFYI: Speaker is John Gremp,President & CEO, FMC Technologies, Inc.
Sae e Dae: Aua Meeig
PESA’s signature event, thePESA Annual Meeting, is set forApril 11-14 at the Hyatt RegencyScottsdale Resort at GaineyRanchin Scottsdale, Arizona.A brochure detailing thecomplete array of events will bemailed in early 2012.
Security of energy supply isthe most vital, but complexchallenge faced by energyimporting nations around theglobe.“Today, the world facescritical challenges, includingweak economies, highunemployment, and growingglobal tension fueled bydiffering political views,” saysGretchen Watkins, Vice Presidentof International ProductionOperations for Marathon Oil.“No matter what those politicalviews are, one thing is certain:economic growth requiresabundant, reliable, and affordableenergy—the key elements of energy security.”Speaking to PESA membersand Foreign Service Officers,Watkins discussed the realitiesof meeting the nation’s energyneeds while maintaining energysecurity. She also delivered keyelements of what she believes isan effective and achievable U.S.energy security plan.“The geopolitical andenvironmental challenges weface must be addressed as weseek to moderate our dependenceon crude oil, while at the sametime sustaining our economicgrowth and our global leadership,”she says. “The measure of our success will be determined notonly by our technical abilities, but also by our political will andcommitment to long-termsolutions with both industry andgovernment working together.”
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There is no quick or easysolution, says Watkins.Some believe that a quick reduction in fossil fuels willlessen the nation’s dependenceon other countries, some of which are struggling to stabilizetheir governments. Watkins saysthat while there is some logic in
FSO Training 2011
Government,industry mustteam to meetfuture demand
PESA’s ForeignService Officertraining program hasgraduated 470representatives of theU.S. government overnineteen years. This year’s class spent a week touring anumber of PESA member companies.Here, Carla Bock,Department of State,looks inside anarmoring machineat Oceaneering’sHigh PerformanceCables facility.For a photo essay onthis year’s FSOTraining, see Pages 6and 7.The FSO Membership Dinner’s three presenters were PESA Chairman John Gremp,Marathon’s Gretchen Watkins, and U.S. Department of State’s David Henry.
See Wais, Page 6
In early October, 25 industry companiesdescended on Beeville, Texas with thehope of hiring enough workers to satisfythe growing boom in the Eagle Ford.Prepared to hire on the spot, the companiessought to bring 900 new people to theindustry. This was but one of several jobfairs held in South Texas in the past year … more are held regularly in other boomspots including Wyoming, North Dakota,Canada, and the northeast.As we continue to prosper in a post-downturn environment, short-term hiringchallenges like those in the Eagle Fordwill continue. Some would argue that the pains of expanding our businesses are nice problems to have following 2008 and2009. But I think it underscores andforeshadows the looming talent issue.“The big crew change” is still coming.The average age of workers across allsectors of the industry is about 50 yearsold, compounded by the fact that there is ashortage of mid-career employees to takethe helm as the older generation retires. Sofar, this has meant that our currentyounger generation has taken on greater responsibilities and more senior roles thanwould have been typical in an idealworkforce. Again, so far, our younger generation has been successful in their accelerated roles.The issue is that we not only have to backfill our current generation but alsocreate the mid-career employment poolmissing from our industry for 20 years.Further, we must hire in the midst of areputation crisis—despite the high pay andchallenging work, too few graduates seek oil and gas as a first or even secondchoice.
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We’ve discussed the anticipated talentshortage for five years or more. We knowit’s coming, and we know that simplerecruitment won’t be enough. So what isthe industry doing to help itself?PESA, for one, is working to solve the problem on multiple fronts via the EnergyEducators Committee. The association’seducation outreach began in earnestseveral years ago, and has steadily rampedup with each succeeding year.The largest of PESA’s programs aims toencourage high school students to enter the oil and gas industry. Partnering withIPAA, the association helps to supportthree Petroleum Academies in Houston— Milby, Westside, and Lamar HighSchools—all of which focus on a mathand science curriculum.Throughout the year, PESA providesdozens of guest lecturers to each of theschools in nearly every business discipline.Engineers, geoscientists, and other expertsfrom member companies volunteer a fewhours to share and discuss their expertiseand experience in oil and gas.PESA also sponsors the annualexternship dinner for the Academies. For three weeks this summer, 62 studentsworked as externs with industry companies,attending executive meetings, testingequipment, learning new technology, andessentially getting a preview of working inthe industry. Upon completion of the program, each extern receives a $1,000scholarship from the companies where theyworked. Each student now wants a career in oil and gas.Further, PESA presented two $5,000scholarships to this year’s academygraduates.Another way PESA supports thePetroleum Academies is the recognition of teachers who exemplify excellence. Theaward—dubbed the PESA Teacher of theYear Award—carries a $10,000 stipend,distributed to the teacher and his or her school. Pat Bond (Schlumberger) presented the award to Kimberly Myers of Westside High School at the IPAA annualmeeting.Based on the World Affairs Council’s“World Quest” program, PESA co-foundedand sponsored the first Energy Quest—acompetition in which students from 14schools and five districts were quizzed onenergy topics. Foster High School won thefirst contest, and every school involvedasked that we repeat the event. This year’sEnergy Quest is set for Nov. 9 innorthwest Houston.These, of course, are just part of our education programs. PESA also providesguest lecturers and speaking events at theuniversity level, sponsors educationmaterials targeted to the elementary and junior high level, and supports universityscholarships.
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The problem, as many see it, is thatrecruiting young students into the industryis one of perception and reputation—oiland gas has a reputation as anenvironmentally unfriendly andunchallenging career. While we knowreality to be 180 degrees from thatsentiment, we need to spread the word.An effective means of changing astudent’s mind is for him or her to simplymeet someone from the industry—someonewho can relay what it’s like to be a part of one of the most technologically advancedindustries in the world. PESA’s work inarea schools is the perfect opportunity to place a lot more faces in front of students.However, these programs, like all other PESA initiatives are successful only withthe support and help of its member companies. If you would like to volunteer to speak in a local school, act as a judge atEnergy Quest, or if you have a/v materialthat PESA can use in schools, please callthe association’s office. The work you donow could influence one young person tochoose a career in energy, which meansone less person needed at events like the job fair in Beeville.
PESA Chairman
 John Gremp, FMC Technologies, Inc.
PESA Vice Chairman
Chris Cragg, Oil States International
PESA 1st Vice President
Charlie Jones,Forum Energy Technologies
PESA President
Sherry A. Stephens
PESA Vice President
Michael Perini
PESA Director of Communications
Chris Evans
PESA, Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association, and the PESA logo are allregistered marks of the PetroleumEquipment Suppliers Association.
is published by:
Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association1240 Blalock, Suite 110Houston, Texas 77055Phone: (713) 932-0168Fax: (713) 932-0497© 2011, PESA 
The crew change is coming, but what have we done about it?
PESA Chairman John Gremp (FMC Technologies, Inc.)
 PESA News
Petroleum Academy students sample future careers in oil & gas
This year’s class of 62 Petroleum Academy externs pose following the PESA-sponsored graduation ceremony.
High school students fromHouston’s three IPAA PetroleumAcademies experienced their futures this summer.For three weeks, 62 studentsfrom HISD’s Milby, Westside,and Lamar High Schoolsworked as externs with industrycompanies, attending executivemeetings, testing equipment,learning new technology, andgetting a sense of the industry.Alex Barbieri worked atHalliburton, shadowing vice presidents and global marketmanagers. His parents say that inthe three weeks that Alex was inhis externship, they noticedtremendous growth andenrichment.“We’ve all heard the sayingthat it takes a village to raise achild—I feel that I am in partnership with Halliburton, theteachers, and the principals thathave allowed him to have thisopportunity,” says Alex’smother. “It doesn’t matter howmany times we tell him as parents, or how many exampleshis teachers can show him in aclassroom, it’s another thing toexperience it. Halliburton madeit possible for him, and I reallyappreciate it.”Jeff Judah says his son, Kyle,had a fantastic experience atMarathon Oil.“He was already interested inengineering, but talking tosomeone who is already at thatlevel, talking about the scienceand technology, solidified hisdecision,” says Judah. “After thefirst day, he was already talkingdirectional drilling and physics.By the third day, he told me,‘this is what I want to do, and Ihave an understanding of what Ineed to do in college.’ This wasa well-organized program—hehad something to do everyday—I know that’s a lot of work and we appreciate it.”Upon completion of the pro-gram—externships require atleast a 3.0 grade point average— PESA hosted an awards gala for the students and their families atBrady’s Landing in south Houston.The gala was emceed by PESAEnergy Educators Chairman PatBond (Schlumberger), and thefeatured speakers were IPAAPresident and CEO Barry Russelland HISD Chief AcademicOfficer Dr. Aaron Spence. Eachstudent received a certificate of completion and a $1,000scholarship from the companieswhere they worked.Spence says that whileHouston is the energy capital of the world, and some HISDschools are located next to oiland gas businesses, many kidsnever considered a career in theindustry until this program.“Through these externships,you are now working withexecutives, geoscientists,engineers, and learning what it’slike to work for a company inthis field,” says Spence. “Thework you’ve done today,whether it’s learning drillingoperations, building robots, or using cutting-edge mappingsoftware, it’s preparing you for college and giving you afoundation you need to besuccessful in this field.”The experience was eye-opening for the students—uponaccepting their scholarship at the banquet, each student had theopportunity to address the crowdand explain their favorite partsof the program. At first, somewere disquieted to learn thatthey would shadow experts inareas that sounded too simple atthe outset. This included JohnJoj, who worked at Cameron.“We talked with a weldingengineer—we figured that weldingwas just sticking two pieces of metal together—but actuallytalking to someone who knowswhat he’s doing and the depth of engineering that it requires waschallenging and makes me wantto pursue engineering evenmore,” says Joj.Brian Corzo had a similar experience with mud engineersat Halliburton.“I was told that I’d learn aboutmud—I thought, great, we’remixing water and dirt together,”he says. “Of course now I knowthat it’s water and oil based, andused for controlling drillingtemperature and well control.The opportunity to learn what Ididn’t know was amazing.”Others were stunned by theindustry’s technology, such as Nicholas Rebman at FMCTechnologies, Inc.“The first day we got toshadow the engineers, and wewere working with an aftermarketengineer who was trying torepair a tubing hangar,” saysRebman. “When he pulled upthe drawing on the computer, it blew me away with the intricaciesthat went into building theequipment—it looked like it belonged in space. The work,details, and focus that goes intoit is amazing.”Tyler Hanson shadowedlogging experts at Core Labs,learning how the effectivenessof a frac job is measured.“It was interesting that theycould pump radioactive isotopesthat don’t damage the environmentinto a well, send a tool down,and see how well the frac jobworked—then they could figureout what they need to change for the next well to improve thefield’s performance,” saysHanson.Others found their exact call-ing through the externships, likeAnissa Pena with Halliburton.“I met the Supply ChainManagement program newhires, sat in the classes, wentthrough logistics, P&Ls, andeverything that goes into supplychain—I know I want to be a part of it,” she says.IPAA’s Barry Russellencouraged the students to stayin contact with their mentors in the companies.“There’s a lot you can learn by experience and mentors— find the model for what youwant to do and go for it,” hesays. “As you experience whatwe have to offer in this program,it’s as much about learning whatyou don’t want to do … as you gothrough the process of college,find your essential self—thecourses that are really your thing—and stay in touch withyour mentors. One person canchange the course of your life.”Companies participating inthis year’s externship programwere Apache Deepwater,Cameron, Core Laboratories, ElPaso, FMC Technologies,Halliburton, Marathon OilCorporation, M-I SWACO, National Oilwell Varco, NewfieldExploration Company, PECPremier, Schlumberger, ShellOil Company, and Valerus.

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