Fifty years ago the U.S. saw an important cultural change in its society with the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This was inspirational in so many ways that it inspired us to look back at what was happening in our industry during that memorable year. You can test your knowledge of history or relive it if you were around then. Do you remember that one of the first major shale projects that employed new technology and science came to be in 1965?
That was then, this is now. Many people working in our industry are concerned about what this current cyclical downturn might do to their careers or if they should consider making adjustments to their career paths. We think that if you take positive steps without fear, you should come out fine. Here are some thoughts to consider as you look at your personal next steps.
Looking back 50 years
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King and the brave civil rights activists' march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that influenced the landmark passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 later that year. Inspired by this event, we thought it might be interesting to look back at what was happening in our industry 50 years ago.
It is fascinating to look back and see where we were and how far we have come. Maybe you are wondering, as we are, what a future generation in 20 to 40 years will find remarkable about 2015.
The following biographies are just a small sampling of the kind of talent available in our talent pool of over 21,000 experts. Please call our placement managers if you are interested in learning more about these professionals, or check out our website for more candidates.
Accountant with a bachelor's degree in accounting and seven years of experience working for an operator and an engineering firm. Experienced in billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, billing analysis reports, account reconciliations, JIB, general ledger, AFEs, payroll, unemployment reporting, and bookkeeping. Geographic areas worked include Texas and Louisiana. Software skills include QuickBooks, TaxWise, Turbo Tax, ADP, Peachtree, and MS Office. Language fluency in English and Spanish. Ask for A1462.
Accountant with a bachelor's degree in accounting and more than 20 years of experience working for energy trading companies and the gas marketing division of large operators as a manager and as a trader. Experienced in strategy development, market development, business development, personnel management, and operational leadership. Additionally experienced in the purchase and sale of energy to meet system needs and produce margin, sales negotiation, deal management, transaction management, and market positioning. Software proficiency in OpenLink Endur. Ask for A894.
Environmental Engineer with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and more than 19 years of experience working for energy, service, and engineering consulting companies. Experienced in air permitting including Title V, compliance program development, impact assessments, strategy development for re-permitting efforts, environmental investigations, and historical properties assessments. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. Certified EIT by the State of Alabama. Ask for HS989.
Project Manager with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and more than 30 years of experience working for large engineering and construction firms. Experienced in the daily oversight of the estimating, engineering, project management, and operational departments; the development of company long-range forecasts, goals, and objectives; and monitoring and directing department activities to ensure goals and objectives were met. Additional experience in major project operations including scheduling, negotiating contracts, invoicing, finalizing receivables, and installation management. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Israel, offshore Gabon, and the North Sea. Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. Ask for PM430.
Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and more than 30 years of experience working for small to large operators. Expert in artificial lift including ESP and gas lift. Additional experience in flowback operations, completions, multi-lateral wells, horizontal wells, sand control, budgeting, waterfloods, A&D programs, and mentoring. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Indonesia. Ask for P404.
Petroleum Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, a bachelor's degree in geological engineering, and 26 years of experience working for small and large operators and as a consultant. Experienced in designing, preparing, and implementing procedures for well completions, workovers, re-entries, fracs, and acid ball outs; reviewing and monitoring costs and progress, creating flowback and stimulation spreadsheets, and assessing the effectiveness of operations. Additionally experienced in directing, supervising and managing projects and operations, developing AFE budget recommendations for capital outlay, services, equipment and materials for individual wells and projects; preparing detailed economics, preparing bids and proposals for the acquisition of equipment and services, preparing SPCC plans, maintaining vendor relations, and tracking expenditures. Geographic areas worked include New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan. Software proficiency in ARIES and OGRE. Ask for PR322.
Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering and eight years of experience working for service companies. Experienced in production allocation, well surveillance, production operations, workover and stimulation identification, production optimization, and workflow design. Geographic areas worked include the United States, Angola, and Latin America. Software proficiency in DSS, TOW, and DrillNET. Language proficiency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Certifications include HUET. Ask for P654.
Production Operations Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and three years of experience working for a large service company. Experienced in hydraulic fracturing, cross-linking, fluid efficiency testing, step-down analysis, drill collar inspection, torque unit testing, and assembly of rotating heads. Also experienced with performing pumping diagnostics to evaluate possible changes to the well design. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota. Ask for P750.
Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and two years of experience working for a small operator. Experienced in engineering, drilling, and fracturing in a multi-well-pad operation; modeling fluids for downhole applications; formation damage control; team training; cased-hole wireline operations; and wireline procedure drafting. Geographic areas worked include North Dakota and New Mexico. Software proficiency in FracPro. Ask for P766.
Reservoir Engineering Manager with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and more than 30 years of experience working for major operators and large independent companies. Experienced in EOR development, unconventional reservoirs, exploitation, acquisition and development, waterfloods, reservoir management, economic analysis, and equity negotiations. Geographic experience includes California, Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, Norway, Japan, and Russia. Software proficiency in GeoGraphix, Petrel, Peep, OFM, DSS, HPDI, Petra, PHDWin, and ARIES. Ask for R1171.
Engineering Technician with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and two years of experience working for a small operator. Experienced in creating and maintaining databases, training personnel, maintaining and updating project timelines, maintaining and organizing well files, researching public information, and auditing production volumes. Software proficiency in Production Explorer, FieldDIRECT, iWell, and P2 Merrick. Ask for TE625.
Production Engineer with a master's degree in chemical engineering, an MBA, and 15 years of experience working in several industries, the most recent two in oil and gas with a major operator. Experienced in optimizing production, identifying and managing workovers, executing artificial lift programs, managing recompletions, forecasting production, hydraulic fracturing, and equipment installation. Geographic areas worked include the San Juan basin. Ask for P757.
Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and more than 30 years of experience working in several industries including oil and gas. Experienced in supervision of field personnel, executing workovers, tracking daily production, creating and implementing AFEs, optimizing production, completions, recompletions, facility operations, well testing, cost control, and developing production plans for new wells. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Software proficiency in ARIES, WellView, Dwights, FieldDIRECT, and Service Star. Ask for P759.
Taking Career Steps in a Tougher Environment
Whether you believe the downturn in the oil and gas industry is a fluke moment in time or a signal we are heading for a long-term correction, your career needs to be prepared for the possibility of change. The time of huge signing bonuses may be gone for the moment. And you may have noticed that on-campus recruiting has slowed down as well. Are you worried about your position? Your career? So what to do? Here is some practical advice.
Let us know if you have any questions and good luck!
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