(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Representatives from MEYER, an oil well testing equipment and well control system manufacturer, visited Texas State Technical College’s campus in Fort Bend County on Friday, Feb. 18, to tell TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology students about the opportunities available to them.
Dave Key, CEO of MEYER, discussed the importance of the training that the students are receiving at TSTC and how it would apply to the oil and gas industry.
“There’s a lot of opportunity and money to be made in the technical and mechanical field — an incredible amount,” he said. “You can be doing oil field, aviation, automotive — there are so many places you can go. Really, you’re on a great career path.”
MEYER manufactures, rents, services and repairs closing and testing units for the oil and gas industry. Some of their products include BOP closing units, greasing units and more. The MEYER headquarters is located in Corpus Christi, but the company staffs service locations in Houston, Kilgore, Odessa and beyond, including locations in Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Ten students from the diesel program attended the employer spotlight event, peppering Key and Heather Dunn, operations manager for MEYER, with questions about the company.
“I just hope that they take away that there are so many opportunities with their skill set now in oil and gas,” Dunn said. “It doesn’t lead right into what you would traditionally think their job would be leaving here.”
Brandon Foster, a TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology instructor, agreed, explaining that while most people equate diesel equipment training with working on construction equipment or trucks, the reality is that the industry is wide open.
“The reason why employer spotlights are important is they show students there is a vast variety of people willing to hire them,” Foster said. “Somebody who takes diesel, has a general knowledge and is mechanically inclined can learn and grow using different industries too.”
Key and Dunn will return to campus Feb. 21 to speak with students from TSTC’s Industrial Systems program.
“We think that it’s really critical to find young, talented, motivated people in the oil field with mechanical skills,” Key said. “There is a great need for that.”
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