The 13 Northern Lights College students who enrolled in the Oil and Gas Field Operator’s program in Tumbler Ridge last September headed out in early January to begin their two-week work practicums.
After four months of classroom theory the students were anxious to apply what they had learned in practical situations. Students were placed with various oil and gas companies, including CNRL, Talisman, EnCana and Burlington Energy.
Instructor Clark Wren was pleased with their overall progress and it was with confidence that he sent them off to work in the patch. The course provided students with a good understanding of gas and oil compression processing and transmission and an overview of the industry, as well as certification in WHMIS, TDG, H2S, OFA 1, Defensive Driving, Confined Space Entry and Advanced Fire Extinguisher training.
The students return to the classroom and finalize their course on January 23rd, after which time they are fully employable and will be seeking permanent positions as field operators. It takes courage and determination to return to the classroom after years in the workforce and we applaud the efforts of these 13 men. From the staff and students of NLC, congratulations on successfully completing this course and we wish you good luck.