TSTC and PEC join forces to develop well-trained oil and gas workforce

(Sweetwater) - Texas State Technical College West Texas (TSTC) and Petroleum Education Council Safety Management (PEC) have joined forces to create a pipeline of well-trained, credentialed workers for the Oil & Gas Industry in Texas. TSTC will teach PEC’s “Oil Field Preparation System” (OFPS) which is a job readiness program that prepares job seekers for the oil and gas industry. This safety-based job readiness program prepares job seekers for work in the industry on land and offshore. The training program has seen enormous success in Louisiana, where eighty percent of OFPS participants have been placed into oil and gas industry jobs upon graduation. Accredited by SafeLand and SafeGulf, the OFPS work skills program offers a variety of safety awareness training and full-level safety certifications, ultimately preparing those job seekers who have little or no experience in the energy sector to go to work within the oil and gas industry. OFPS students will receive quality, classroom instruction and hands-on training in twenty-six oil and gas industry recognized certifications, including Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Medic First Aid, Rigging, Confined Space, Forklift, Aerial Man Lift, Hazard Communication & LOTO, just to name a few. Other benefits to the students include assistance with resume preparation, mock interviews, and assistance scheduling job interviews with the area’s operator and contractor employers.Classes begin September 9, 2013. Call 325.672.1590 for more information or to register for classes.Texas State Technical College System (www.tstc.edu) consists of four technical schools: TSTC Harlingen, TSTC Marshall, TSTC Waco, and TSTC West Texas, which has campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, and Sweetwater.