The Ohio Oil and Gas Association has teamed up with Ascent Resources, the Ohio Department of Education and Lt. Governor Jon Husted’s office to hold a tour of a well pad and drilling rig for students at Harrison Hills Jr/Sr. High School during In Demand Jobs Week.
In Demand Jobs Week, was from May 6-10 and is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries, and skills that are in demand in Ohio. Ohio’s oil and gas industry took this as an opportunity to share with local students and educators up close a local well pad with an active drilling rig in Harrison County.
Amanda Finn, with Ascent Resources shared that, “we are so very proud of the work we do here in Harrison County and we happily jumped at the opportunity to showcase one of our locations to students that, perhaps, will one day hopefully be part of our industry in Ohio."
With ever increasing operations in Ohio, Ascent Resources is the most active producer in Ohio and is the number one producer of natural gas in the state.
“It takes a team of people working together towards a common goal to pull a tour of this scope off,” shared Mike Chadsey with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. “Our ongoing goal is to continue to bring awareness and excitement around our industry and today’s tour with the school was part of the objective and we could not have done that without our partners at Ascent and the Lt. Governor’s office."
Once on the pad, the students put on their safety gear and were split into two groups to explore the operations. The first group climbed up the rig stairs to learn about how a well is drilled and the various jobs available with a natural gas producer, while the second group walked around the pad location to learn about the various supplies, contractors and vendors that it takes to put a well into production. Then the two groups switched.
During the tours, the students asked a wide array of questions ranging from technical aspects of the operation, different career opportunities, and steps they need to take to get there. Many expressed an interest to pursue a career in the industry to the several of the rig crew members on location.