For several decades, there have been very few employment opportunities in the skilled trade areas within the Rocky Mountain region. Today, numerous companies and government agencies predict that half of their employees will be retiring within the next ten to fifteen years. The Western Area Power Authority, Halliburton, and many pipeline companies are looking at a 50% or more retirement rate within the next decade. These employees need to be replaced by people with the proper skills for the jobs.
Due to the expanding economy is the oil and natural gas industry, there is a major shortage of skilled workers in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. The shortage of skilled technicians effects many companies and agencies in Wyoming and the local region, including the petroleum industry. Many petroleum companies are finding it hard to find and keep technicians trained for their industry.
Casper College is one of a handful of schools in the United States training technicians to work in the oil and gas industry. A survey conducted by the college indicates there is a need for trained technicians and enhanced employment opportunities for technicians trained to work in the petroleum industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these employment opportunities are high paying jobs for workers with the right skills and proper training. Most positions in the oil and gas industries pay between $14 and $26 per hour. As the oil and gas industry expands and retirement increases, the demand for skilled technician will only increase, providing many employment opportunities for graduates from this exceptional program.
Melissa Connely (Department Head)