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(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Welding Technology students learned what could await them when they graduate.

Dustin Moore, site manager for Ulterra, told students about his company’s many job opportunities during a recent employer spotlight. It was the first time Ulterra visited the Abilene campus to discuss their work in the oil and gas industry.

Moore discussed salaries, bonus structures and other features of working for the company. But one aspect of the company particularly impressed students.

“We will make it worth your while working for Ulterra,” he said. “We have one employee in Saudi Arabia right now showing people how to do things.”

TSTC Welding Technology instructor Greg Nicholas said students learned there are jobs available that can lead to more training.

“They showed our students that there are a wide variety of welding techniques being used in the industry,” he said. “UIterra has a more in-depth procedure, which will make our students even better. The biggest incentive is that the company provides jobs on a global level.”

TSTC Welding Technology instructor Lei Barnes said six current students applied for jobs with the company following the event.

“Our students were pumped about what Ulterra had to say,” Barnes said. “I have known about this company for a while and have heard positive things about them.”

According to the company website, Ulterra helps oil field operators adapt to changing drilling dynamics with innovative bit designs. It develops advanced technology and PDC (polycrystalline diamond compact) bit designs in weeks, the website stated.

“Oil companies will keep using these bits from Ulterra because they are known for them,” Barnes said.

Nicholas was also impressed with the layout of the company’s Fort Worth location after Moore described the 130,000-square-foot layout.

“They have a great facility and welders will feel at home working there,” Nicholas said.

The company also has a location in Canada and repair facilities in Argentina, Colombia, Kurdistan and Oman.

Barnes said that with facilities near drilling activity, Ulterra has become a major provider of bits for the oil industry.

“They are the leading company in the world when it comes to PDC bits,” he said.

Nicholas hopes Moore will return when the fall semester begins so new students can learn about potential job opportunities.

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